Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/18/14
New York Mets (19-22) at Washington Nationals (22-19)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 1:35 pm (Nationals Park)
Zack Wheeler (R) (1-3) (4.535) vs. Jordan Zimmermann (R) (2-1) (3.586)
The Line: Washington Nationals -160 / New York Mets +150 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: SNY, MASN
The New York Mets and Washington Nationals will play Sunday afternoon in a rubber game matchup.
The Mets have lost eight of their last 12 games and are two games below a .500 record. As has been the case for much of the season, the Mets have a hard time scoring runs, as they’ve been held to three or less runs in seven of their last 13 games. Still, that didn’t stop the Mets from scoring five runs in Saturday’s victory, and Daniel Murphy is riding a nine-game hitting streak. The Mets pitching has been up and down, including Zack Wheeler, who is 1-3 with a 4.53 ERA and has 41 strikeouts in 43.2 innings. Wheeler is 1-3 with a 4.07 ERA in four career starts against the Nationals.
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The Nationals have lost five of their last eight games and are trying their best to stay above .500 much like the Mets. The Nationals are dealing with injuries to Bryce Harper and Adam LaRoche, which hasn’t helped the fact they’ve scored three or fewer runs in seven of their last 10 games. Jayson Werth has caught fire with six hits in his last six games and Ian Desmond has homered twice in his last five games. Jordan Zimmermann will take the mound, and he’s 2-1 with a 3.59 ERA and has 42 strikeouts in 42.2 innings. Zimmermann is 4-5 with a 3.22 ERA in 16 career starts against the Mets.
The Mets are 9-3 in Wheeler's last 12 starts with 4 days of rest and 2-6 in Wheeler's last 8 starts as an underdog. The Nationals are 22-8 in Zimmermann's last 30 home starts and 39-17 in Zimmermann's last 56 starts overall. The Nationals are 7-3 in Zimmermann's last 10 starts vs. Mets.
Both pitchers are prone to giving up runs and the over is 7-2-2 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams. Give me the over in this matchup.