New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals - 5/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Nationals (23-15) at New York Mets (21-16)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Citi Field)
M Scherzer (4-2) (4.15) vs. N Syndergaard (3-2) (2.52)
The Line: New York Mets -123 / Washington Nationals +114 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN, SNY
Tuesday evening in MLB action at Citi Field, the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets will be kicking off their important mid-week series.
The Nationals just finished up a long weekend set with the Marlins, winning the first two games before dropping the final pair for a 2-2 split overall.
As for the Mets, they played three games with the Rockies this weekend, losing all three as part of a four-game winless streak. New York has dropped five of their last six games.
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Washington will be giving Tuesday’s start to right-hander Max Scherzer. Over eight starts this year, Scherzer has compiled a 4-2 record with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP in 52 innings. Back on Wednesday, Scherzer was stellar in a complete-game victory over the Tigers, tying a major-league record with 20 strikeouts. That gives Scherzer an awesome 66-K total so far this year.
The Nationals have a handful of notable names heading up their batting order. Daniel Murphy is hitting .400 this year, scorching on 56 hits with 22 runs and 23 RBI. Bryce Harper leads the team with 11 homers and 29 RBI. Wilson Ramos has contributed 35 hits, four homers and 14 RBI on a .350 BA.
The Mets will be wheeling out right-hander Noah Syndergaard for Tuesday’s game. Across seven starts and a 3-2 record this season, Syndergaard has put up a 2.53 ERA with a 1.04 WHIP in 46.1 innings. In his last start Wednesday, Syndergaard was contributing from all sides with eight innings of two-run ball on the mound and two homers for four RBI against the Dodgers.
The New York batting order has been a little disappointing overall thus far, but still sports a solid group of talent. Asdrubal Cabrera tops the lineup with 38 hits and 12 runs, while Yoenis Cespedes has put in 35 hits, 22 runs, 12 homers and 32 RBI. Neil Walker is also playing pretty well on 10 homers with 20 RBI and a .266 BA.
The Nationals are 0-4 in their last four road games, but 7-3 in Scherzer’s last 10 starts.
Meanwhile, the Mets are 0-4 in their last four games overall, but 4-0 in Syndergaard’s last four starts against a team with a winning record.
This is something of a tough call, as both teams enter on a skid. I’ll give the edge to Scherzer and the Nationals, however, as Washington should be able to get it done if they can get a little help from their bats.