New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 9/13/14
Washington Nationals (83-63) at New York Mets (72-76)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Citi Field)
Doug Fister (R) (13-6) (2.529) vs. Zack Wheeler (R) (10-9) (3.276)
The Line: New York Mets +116 / Washington Nationals -126 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN, WPIX
The New York Mets and Washington Nationals meet for game two of their NL East weekend series at Citi Field.
The Washington Nationals aren’t in danger of losing the division race, but their seeding in the National League is far from determined with the Dodgers, Giants and Cardinals all vying for the top seed. The Nats didn’t help their cause with last night’s 4-3 loss in New York as Gio Gonzalez was tagged with the loss after allowing four runs on six hits over 6.2 innings. The Nationals racked up 11 hits in the loss as Anthony Rendon went 3/4 with an RBI and two runs scored and Denard Span and Nate Schierholtz each added two hits.
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The Nationals will look to rebound as Doug Fister takes the mound on Saturday night. Fister has the best ERA for a Nationals starter at 2.53 despite ranking fourth on the depth chart in the starting rotation. Fister enters this game with a WHIP of 1.13 while compiling an impressive 13-6 record. The righty Fister has dominated the Mets in two starts pitching 14.1 innings without allowing an earned run.
The New York Mets are left to play the spoiler role to close the season but they also have the realistic goal of closing the season at or above .500 at this stage as well to boost morale. The Mets are on a nice roll at the moment as last night’s win brought them to 8-2 in their last ten games. Dillon Gee picked up the win for the Mets last night allowing three runs on nine hits over 5.1 innings as the offense was efficient in converting on their seven hits. Travis d’Arnaud led the charge offensively with a bases clearing RBI double in the first inning, Juan Lagares had two hits and an RBI, and Eric Young Jr. had two hits and scored two runs.
The Mets will turn to Zack Wheeler in hopes of continuing their impressive stretch on Saturday. Wheeler has been maturing this season as he enters this contest with a WHIP of 1.31 and ERA of 3.38 while posting a 10-9 record over 29 starts. The righty Wheeler hasn’t had an easy time with Washington with an ERA of 4.34 across three starts spanning 18.2 innings this season.
The Mets are on a nice roll here so I will take the plus odds with the home dog despite Washington being the better overall team for the bulk of the season.