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Draftkings Best MLB Showdown Picks: Nationals vs. Mets 7/9/24

Draftkings picks and predictions for this evening's Nationals vs. Mets matchup.

Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets
July 9, 2024 7:10 pm EDT

Major League Baseball presents a matchup between the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets. Let’s take a look at this MLB game from a Draftkings perspective.

Prior to discussing the Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets game let’s review the rules for the Draftkings single game showdown contest.

Draftkings Single Game Showdown Contest Rules

You have $50,000 to utilize on five players from either team. However, one of those players will be designated as your team captain. The captain accumulates 1.5 times the standard fantasy points. Additionally, the captain is 1.5 times the standard cost of the flex position.

The remaining four players in your lineup will receive the standard fantasy points. Having stated that, it is highly important for you to identify the correct player for your captain position if you hope to win a large field DFS GPP (guaranteed prize pool) showdown contest.

If you have additional questions regarding the rules for the single game showdown contest, I recommend that you check out the Draftkings website for more details.

*I recommend that all readers review the starting lineups for both teams prior to setting your DFS lineup for this one game slate.

Here are my Draftkings picks for tonight’s Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets matchup.

Draftkings Picks

Captain-Jake Irvin, Pitcher, Washington Nationals $11,600

On Tuesday night, Major League Baseball presents the first game of a three game National League series between the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets.

How are these two teams playing entering tonight’s MLB game? The Washington Nationals have lost five of the team’s last eight games played this season, including an embarrassing 6-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals last night. The New York Mets are not playing much better. More specifically, the New York Mets have lost five of the team’s last ten games played in the 2024 MLB regular season, including a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates two days ago.

Now that we have determined how both teams are currently playing let’s turn our attention to tonight’s game. Washington Nationals pitcher Jake Irvin has quickly established himself as a valuable member of this Washington Nationals pitching rotation this season. How has Irvin been playing from a statistical standpoint? Let’s review Jake Irvin’s recent game data to answer that question.

In the 18 games that Jake Irvin has pitched for the Washington Nationals in the 2024 MLB regular season, Irvin has posted a respectable 3.14 ERA (Earned Run Average), a 1.00 WHIP (walks, hits, inning pitched), and added a robust 94 strikeouts while allowing 24 walks.

It is noteworthy that Jake Irvin faced off against this Nationals lineup five days ago. In that matchup, Nationals pitcher Jake Irvin pitched eight quality innings and accumulated eight strikeouts while allowing only one walk in Washington’s 1-0 shutout victory over the New York Mets.

As I noted in the rules section above, selecting the correct captain is absolutely vital if you hope to win a large field GPP (guaranteed prize pool) contest. In summary, I am rolling with talented Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jake Irvin as my captain for this one game MLB DFS slate.

Flex Plays

Francisco Lindor, Shortstop, New York Mets $9,400

New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor certainly brings a quality bat to the New York Mets lineup. Let me provide Lindor’s recent game data to better shed light on my previous statement. In his last three games played for the New York Mets in the 2024 MLB regular season, Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor has accumulated four hits and two runs scored in 11 plate appearances.

I fully expect talented New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor to continue his quality play on the baseball diamond in tonight’s matchup versus the Washington Nationals.

Additional flex plays I like (Draftkings price noted): Jose Quintana, Starting Pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates) $10,400: Jose Iglesias, Second Baseman (New York Mets) $4,200.

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