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New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals Pick-Odds-Prediction - 3/31/14

Washington Nationals (0-0) at New York Mets (0-0)

MLB Baseball: Monday, March 31, 2014 at 1:10 pm (Citi Field)

Stephen Strasburg (R) (0-0) (0.00) vs. Dillon Gee (R) (0-0) (0.00)

The Line: New York Mets +140 / Washington Nationals -160 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds


The Washington Nationals open 2014 in the Big Apple versus NL East foe the New York Mets.

After storming to the National League East crown in 2012 Washington was almost penciled in as the champion in 2013 but a slow start was their doom as a late run fell well short. Having said that, the Nationals are loaded on the mound and in the field. Joining Strasburg, Gonzalez and Zimmerman in the rotation is Doug Fister who came over from Detroit in a trade although he has elbow and back problems to overcome. The offense has speed and power with Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman as dangerous as any twosome in the game. Stephen Strasburg draws the opening day assignment on the mound looking to improve upon an 8-9 record on a 3.00 ERA in 30 starts.

New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals Pick-Odds-Prediction - 3/31/14

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I said this the last few years about the Mets and it's generally true; the Mets need all their players on the same page to be competitive. Where does that leave them with Matt Harvey and Jermy Hefner on the shelf with Tommy John surgery and Jonathan Niese having pain in his elbow? Dillon Gee, Zack Wheeler, Bartolo Colon and a few others better produce and stay healthy. If the pitching doesn't come around will the New Yorkers be able to outscore opponents. Possibly if Curtis Granderson doesn't strike out a million times and a few bats step up and help out David Wright. The likely candidates are Eric Young Jr, Lucas Duda and Daniel Murphy but seeing is believing. Dillon Gee gets the game one start after going 12-11 with a 3.62 ERA in 2013.

Gee can be as good as anybody when at the top of his game and no need to discuss the potential of Strasburg with a potent lineup behind him. First game and I'm favoring the Nats potential but I don't think I'd lay the juice...

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Washington -160

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