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Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/16/14

New York Mets (19-20) at Washington Nationals (21-19)

MLB Baseball: Friday, May 16, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)

Jonathon Niese (L) (2-2) (2.168) vs. Tanner Roark (R) (2-1) (3.654)

The Line: Washington Nationals -150 / New York Mets +140 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: SNY, MASN

The New York Mets and Washington Nationals will begin a three-game series Friday at Nationals Park. The last time these teams met, the Nationals came away with a sweep.

The Mets have lost seven of their last 10 games and fall two games below a .500 record. The Mets have not scored a run in two straight games and have been held to three or less runs in six of their last 10 games overall. David Wright has eight RBI in his last seven games and Daniel Murphy is riding a seven-game hitting streak. The Mets pitching has allowed four or more runs in five of their last six games. Jonathon Niese will start, and he’s 2-2 with a 2.17 ERA and has 36 strikeouts in 45.2 innings. Niese is 3-0 with a 2.47 ERA in seven career starts against the Nationals.

Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/16/14

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The Nationals have lost seven of their last 11 games and somehow are still two games above .500. The Nationals pitching staff has at times been rattled, but their lineup has been inconsistent ever since Bryce Harper went down with an injury. The Nationals have scored three or less runs in eight of their last 11 games and are 4-18 when being held to three or less runs this season. Ian Desmond has five RBI in his last three games and Anthony Rendon has a five-game hitting streak. Tanner Roark gets the nod, and he’s 2-1 with a 3.65 ERA and has 36 strikeouts in 44.1 innings. Roark is 2-0 with a 2.93 ERA in two career starts against the Mets.

The Mets are 7-3 in Niese's last 10 road starts and 5-2 in Niese's last 7 starts with 4 days of rest. The Nationals are 4-1 in Roark's last 5 starts as a favorite and 5-2 in Roark's last 7 starts vs. National League East. The Mets are 15-36 in the last 51 meetings against the Nationals.

You have to like the Nationals in this game. They've had a day off, are at home and are the better team than the Mets at the moment. I don't like the high juice, but it's the best bet in this matchup. 

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Washington Nationals -150

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