New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals - 7/9/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Nationals (52-36) at New York Mets (47-39)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 7:15 pm (Citi Field)
M Scherzer (9-6) (3.21) vs. Logan Verrett (3-5) (4.01)
The Line: New York Mets +175 / Washington Nationals -185 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The Washington Nationals look to continue their road success as they took down the New York Mets by a 3-1 final last night and they will go for another on Saturday at Citi Field.
The Nationals look to stay strong and distance themselves from the pack in the National League East division heading into the all-star break, and a sweep of the Mets would be a big step in the right direction to making that happen. Washington has been among the best teams in baseball for most of the season and are certainly among a handful of teams that are considered the league’s elite and that is a product of their overall team depth and superstar talent. Washington will turn to Max Scherzer in this one who will replace Stephen Strasburg on the NL All-Star team and Mad Max has had another stellar season and will look to add to it here as he will match up with Logan Verret who will get the nod on the bump for the Mets.
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New York meanwhile will look to shake off a small speed bump in their loss to the Nats last night but they remain one of the hottest teams in the league right now as they are 7-3 in their last 10 games and were riding high earlier this week after a four game sweep of the Chicago Cubs. New York is a very streaky team so that could be a big issue in this series with the Nats who have had New York’s number of late and will have a glaring pitching edge in this one. New York trail the Nationals by four games in the NL East heading into this game and they would love to head into the all-star break with that number sitting at two, but they will need to find a way to tame Scherzer tonight.
Washington is 1-8 in their last nine road games, 9-1 in their last 10 against the NL East, and 9-3 in Scherzer’s last 12 starts against the NL East while the Mets are 7-1 in their last eight overall, 6-0 in their last six home games against a righty, and 9-1 in their last 10 home games. The Mets are playing very well right now but they run into Scherzer here and that should be enough to give the division leading Nats another win.