Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 4/30/12

The New York Mets went 2-1 in this past weekend’s road set against the Colorado Rockies, while outscored by a combined margin of 28-22.  Terry Collins’ club continues its journey in a trio of matchups with the Houston Astros, who return home after seeing the OVER cash at 5-1 in their visits to Milwaukee and Cincinnati last week. SBR Forum is offering a great coverage on the main MLB Picks and of course the New York Mets are included on these series of articles.

Monday 4/30 @ 8:05 p.m. (ET):  Dickey (3-1, 4.44 ERA) vs Norris (1-1, 5.84 ERA)

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The series opens with a battle of right-handed hurlers slated, with Houston’s Bud Norris opposing New York’s R.A. Dickey.  Norris opened as a 115 favorite, while early betting action on Dickey shifted the line to a pick’em.  Oddsmakers first set the ‘total’ at eight, with an initial lean to the UNDER of minus 115.

Norris picked up his first loss in Tuesday’s 9-6 defeat for Houston as a 136 road dog against the Milwaukee Brewers.  The 27-year-old was shelled for seven runs in 5 2/3 innings, giving up three homers.

Dickey comes in off a stingy victory in Wednesday’s 5-1 triumph for New York, cashing as a 124 home dog against the Miami Marlins.  The nine-year veteran went seven frames, holding Miami to three hits.

Both squads’ lineups have had respectable numbers against right-handed pitching, with New York and Houston notching a .271 BA and .334 OBP, respectively.  Dickey and Norris squared off in April last season, with Houston recording a 4-3 victory as a 138 road dog.     

Tuesday 5/1 @ 8:05 p.m. (ET):  Niese (2-0, 2.81 ERA) vs Happ (1-1, 4.70 ERA)

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Tuesday’s matchup has both teams turning to left-handed starters, with Houston’s J.A. Happ facing New York’s Jon Niese.  The Astros went 1-1 in Happ’s pair of starts against New York last year, with the OVER going 2-0.  Niese faced Houston once last April, giving up two runs in six frames en route to a 6-1 loss for New York as a 138 home favorite.

Happ logged a no-decision in Wednesday’s 7-5 victory for Houston as a 176 road dog in Milwaukee, with the battle seeing both squads unite for 24 hits.  The 29-year-old gave up four runs over five innings, while tossing eight strikeouts.

Niese picked up his second straight no-decision in Thursday’s 3-2 triumph for New York as a 109 home favorite against Miami.  The fifth-year hurler allowed four hits, including a homer to Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez.

Wednesday 5/2 @ 2:05 p.m. (ET):  Schwinden (0-0, 11.25 ERA) vs Rodriguez (2-2, 1.72 ERA)

The series finale has Mets right-hander Chris Schwinden slated to make his second start of the year, opposing Astros southpaw Wandy Rodriguez.  Schwinden has had the OVER cash at 5-0 in his stretch of five career outings, while not facing Houston as part of that span.  Rodriguez faced New York last April, giving up just three hits over seven frames, cashing as a 130 road dog in a 6-1 victory.

Schwinden was rocked for six runs over four frames in Friday’s 18-9 defeat for New York as a 145 road dog in Colorado.  The 25-year-old allowed seven hits in the short stint, including a pair of homers.

Rodriguez notched a second straight win in Friday’s 6-4 victory for Houston, who cashed as a 128 road dog at Cincinnati.  The Dominican Republic native held the Reds to two runs in six innings, while recording six strikeouts.  The surroundings of an afternoon affair went well for Rodriguez on April 22, shutting out the Los Angeles Dodgers for seven innings.  Houston cruised in a 12-0 victory that day, cashing wire-to-wire as a 118 home dog.

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