Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets Free Pick 8/30/13
2013-08-30 06:05:00 EDT
The Washington Nationals and the New York Mets face off on Friday in Washington for game one of their series.
The Washington Nationals are playing their best baseball of the season, but they are going to need a lot of help if they are even going to enter the postseason picture. The Nationals are 8-2 in their last 10 games, 39-29 at home this season, and they are 13 games back in the National League East. As a team, the Nationals are hitting .248, with Jayson Werth hitting .324, Ian Desmond hitting .283, and Bryce Harper hitting .277. The Nationals pitching staff has an ERA 3.75, with the starters at 3.74 and the bullpen at 3.76. For game one against the Mets, the Nationals start Jordan Zimmerman who has been their best pitcher this season. For the year, Zimmerman has allowed 156 hits and 63 earned runs, while striking out 128 over 170.2 innings for a 15-7 record and a 3.32 ERA.
The New York Mets have struggled this year and for them the season can’t end soon enough. The Mets are 3-7 in their last 10 games, 32-34 on the road this season, and they are 20.5 games back in the NL East. As a team, the Met are hitting .238, with Josh Satin hitting .280, Daniel Murphy hitting .277, and Justin Turner hitting .261. The Mets pitching staff has an ERA of 3.75, with the starters at 3.71 and the bullpen at 3.84. For game one against the Nats, the Mets start Dillon Gee who has pitched well, but who hasn’t always gotten winning results. For the season, Gee has allowed 169 hits and 65 earned runs, while striking out 116 over 158.2 innings for a 9-9 record and a 3.69 ERA.
Washington is 8-0 as a favorite, 8-1 in their last nine home games, and 20-6 in Zimmerman’s last 26 home starts. New York is 2-5 in their last seven games against the NL East, 1-7 in their last eight games, and 1-4 in Gee’s last five starts against the NL East. Washington is 6-2 in Zimmerman’s last eight starts against New York.
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With the total set at 8.5 this one is a strong play on the under for my free pick. I also have a play on the winning side and I will post that winning side in the Premium Area.