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Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/25/14

New York Mets (76-81) at Washington Nationals (92-64)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)

Zack Wheeler (R) (11-10) (3.393) vs. Doug Fister (R) (15-6) (2.555)

The Line: Washington Nationals -176 / New York Mets +166 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: SNY, MASN 2

The New York Mets and Washington Nationals play the second half of a doubleheader on Thursday night. 

The New York Mets have split their last 10 games and are five games below a .500 record. The Mets pitching staff has turned the corner lately, allowing three or less runs in six of their last 10 games. Overall, the New York Mets have an ERA of 3.51, which is 13th in the majors, and they’ve won four straight when allowing three or fewer runs. Offensively, Curtis Granderson has hit in eight of his last 10 games and Ruben Tejada has three RBIs in his last two games. Zack Wheeler gets the ball, and he’s 11-10 with a 3.49 ERA and has 180 strikeouts in 180.1 innings. Wheeler is 2-5 with a 5.05 ERA in seven career starts against the Nationals.

Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/25/14

The Washington Nationals have won five straight games and continue to click on all cylinders heading into the playoffs. The Nationals have allowed three or less runs in 10 straight games. Overall, the Washington Nationals have an ERA of 3.01, which is the best in all of baseball, and they’ve won 12 of their last 13 games when allowing three or fewer runs. Offensively, Adam LaRoche has three homers in his last 10 games and Wilson Ramos has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games. Starting is Gio Gonzalez, who is 9-10 with a 3.74 ERA and has 150 strikeouts in 151.2 innings. Gonzalez is 6-4 with a 3.44 ERA in 12 career starts against the Mets.

The Mets are 5-2 in Wheelers last 7 road starts and 1-4 in Wheelers last 5 starts vs. National League East. The Nationals are 10-3 in Gonzalezs last 13 home starts and 5-2 in Gonzalezs last 7 starts overall. Nationals are 7-3 in Gonzalezs last 10 starts vs. Mets, while the Mets are 1-4 in Wheelers last 5 starts vs. Nationals.

I don't love the juice I'm paying for backing the Nats, but it's much better than backing a Mets team that has nothing to play for and is already looking ahead to the offseason. 

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Washington Nationals -176

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