New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/12/14
Washington Nationals (63-53) at New York Mets (56-62)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Citi Field)
Doug Fister (R) (11-3) (2.494) vs. Jacob deGrom (R) (6-5) (2.871)
The Line: New York Mets / Washington Nationals --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN 2, SNY
The Washington Nationals and New York Mets begin a three-game series Tuesday at Citi Field.
The Nationals have split their last 10 games and are 10 games above a .500 record. The Nationals just can’t seem to get their pitching and hitting on the same page to string together enough wins to really pull away in the NL East. The Nationals have an ERA of 3.14, which is third in the majors, and they’ve won six of their last eight games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Ian Desmond has homered twice in his last four games and Wilson Ramos has a RBI in six of his last 10 games. Starting is Doug Fister, who is 11-3 with a 2.49 ERA and has 66 strikeouts in 104.2 innings. Fister is 2-0 with a 0.66 ERA in two career starts against the Mets.
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The Mets have split their last 10 games and are five games below .500. The Mets are another team that just can’t get on the same page to make a consistent run. The Mets have an ERA of 3.55, which is ninth in all of baseball, and they’ve won 10 straight games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively is where the Mets struggle, but David Wright has a 10-game hitting streak and Daniel Murphy has eight RBIs in his last eight games. Rafael Montero takes the mound, and he’s 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA and has 17 strikeouts in 20 innings. This is Montero’s first career game against the Nationals.
The Nationals are 6-2 in Fisters last 8 road starts and 5-1 in Fisters last 6 starts overall. The Mets are 7-3 in their last 10 during game 1 of a series and 11-5 in their last 16 vs. National League East. The Nationals are 22-4 in the last 26 meetings in New York.
There's currently no line on this game, but there's no way I'm picking against Fister and the Nats in this spot. Fister has been on fire all season and the Nationals have owned the Mets in Citi Field. Take the Nationals as long as you think the price is worth it.