Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 5/15/12

The New York Mets bounced back after blowing a game Sunday in Miami when they defeated the Milwaukee Brewers by a score of 3-1 Monday night at Citi Field.  Game two of this quick two-game series is set for tonight at 7:10 p.m.  You can always get more details and more Free MLB picks over at SBRForum.com but for now let’s continue this exclusive coverage and analysis of the Mets.

Converted (for the time being) reliever Miguel Batista got the start Monday night for New York against Yovani Gallardo for the Brew Crew and helped New York get back on the winning track with seven strong innings pitched to earn his first win of the season.

Tuesday night Dillon Gee (2-4, 4.78) will go for the Mets vs. Zack Grienke (3-1, 3.35) for Milwaukee (7:10 pm).

New York just finished a 4-2 road trip Sunday by coughing up a couple late leads and losing on a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth 8-4 in Miami but showed resiliency at home and will go for the sweep of this two game set tonight. While it may be a bit early to talk races, the Mets, at 20-15, enter Tuesday night’s play just 1.5 games out of first place in the NL East.

On the other side of this matchup Milwaukee just capped off a 3-3 homestand with an 8-2 loss to the Cubs Sunday. So the defending NL Central champs, only 15-20 on the season, trail first-place St. Louis by five games in that division after dropping last night’s series opener.

The Brewers, like teams will do, have struggled on the road this year, going 6-11. The Mets, meanwhile, are now 11-6 at Citi Field.

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Gee is three-for-six this season on quality starts, and New York is 3-3 when he’s started. In his most recent outing he allowed four ER on 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings to the Phillies, but the Mets won the game 10-4. Gee owns a neat 33/8 strikeout-to-walk ratio, but he’s given up 45 hits in 37 2/3 innings.

Grienke is five-for-seven on quality starts this season, and the Brewers are 5-2 in those games. His latest outing was a gem, as he held Cincinnati scoreless on two hits for eight innings, walking none and striking out 12. But Milwaukee eventually lost that game 2-1.  In his first season in the National League last year the former AL Cy Young Award winner missed the Mets.

Most online sportsbooks started Gallardo and the Brewers off as about -130 favorites for Monday’s game, with an ‘over/under’ of 8.5. But as of early Monday afternoon Milwaukee had been bet up to -155 at many baseball betting outlets.  Those who bet on the favorite last night were obviously disappointed but might look to rebound with a favorable pitching matchup tonight.

For Tuesday night’s game early lines list Grienke and Milwaukee as -135 favorites, with an ‘over/under’ of seven.

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