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New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/12/14

Washington Nationals (83-62) at New York Mets (71-76)

MLB Baseball: Friday, September 12, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Citi Field)

Gio Gonzalez (L) (8-9) (3.783) vs. Dillon Gee (R) (6-7) (3.739)

The Line: New York Mets +133 / Washington Nationals -143 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: MASN 2, SNY

The Washington Nationals and New York Mets play game two of a four-game series Friday at Citi Field.

The Washington Nationals have won four of their last five games and are 21 games above a .500 record. While the Nationals are in great shape, their pitching staff has allowed four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. Overall, the Washington Nationals have an ERA of 3.12, which is second in the majors, and they’ve lost six of their last nine games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Wilson Ramos has an RBI in two straight games and Adam LaRoche has 11 hits in his last eight games. Gio Gonzalez gets the ball, and he’s 8-9 with a 3.78 ERA and has 138 strikeouts in 138 innings. Gonzalez is 6-3 with a 3.38 ERA in 11 career starts against the Mets.

New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/12/14

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The New York Mets are 7-3 in the month of September and five games below a .500 record. The Mets pitching staff has been putting in work, allowing three or less runs in six of their last eight games. Overall, the New York Mets have an ERA of 3.52, which is 10th in the majors, and they’ve won five of their last six when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Daniel Murphy has hit in seven of his last eight games and Lucas Duda has four hits in his last three games. Starting is Dillon Gee, who is 6-7 with a 3.74 ERA and has 84 strikeouts in 120.1 innings. Gee is 7-4 with a 3.41 ERA in 14 career starts against the Nationals.

The Nationals are 8-3 in their last 11 during game 2 of a series and 4-1 in Gonzalezs last 5 starts overall. The Mets are 1-5 in Gees last 6 starts during game 2 of a series and 3-7 in Gees last 10 starts overall.

You have to like the Nationals in this spot. Better team, better pitcher and Washington has been on a tear as of late, simply crusing into the postseason. 

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Washington Nationals -143

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