New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/14/14
Washington Nationals (84-63) at New York Mets (72-77)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 1:10 pm (Citi Field)
Jordan Zimmermann (R) (11-5) (2.933) vs. Jonathon Niese (L) (8-10) (3.589)
The Line: New York Mets +126 / Washington Nationals -136 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN 2, SNY
The Washington Nationals and New York Mets wrap up their four-game series Sunday afternoon.
The Washington Nationals have won five of their last seven games and are 21 games above a .500 record. The Nationals continue to rely on a pitching staff that has a allowed three or less runs in five of their last eight games. Overall, the Washington Nationals have an ERA of 3.11, which is second in the majors, and they’ve won six of their last seven games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Ian Desmond has four hits in his last two games and Anthony Rendon has 10 hits in this series. Starting is Jordan Zimmerman, who is 11-5 with a 2.93 ERA and has 163 strikeouts in 178 innings. Zimmerman is 6-5 with a 3.16 ERA in 19 career starts against the Mets.
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The New York Mets have won eight of their 11 games and have pulled within five games from a .500 record. The Mets pitching staff has really dominated during this stretch, allowing three or less runs in seven of their last 10 games. Overall, the New York Mets have an ERA of 3.53, which is 12th in the majors, and they’ve won six of their last seven games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Lucas Duda has a hit in seven of his last 10 games and Curtis Granderson has a hit in seven of his last nine games. Jonathon Niese takes the hill, and he’s 8-10 with a 3.59 ERA and has 122 strikeouts in 168 innings. Niese is 3-2 with a 3.52 ERA in nine career starts against the Nationals.
The Nationals are 20-8 in their last 28 games as a favorite and 47-20 in Zimmermanns last 67 starts. The Mets are 7-3 in Nieses last 10 home starts and 33-72 in their last 105 games as a home underdog. The Nationals are 5-1 in Zimmermanns last 6 road starts vs. Mets, while the Mets are 1-5 in Nieses last 6 starts vs. Nationals.
It's hard to pick anybody in this spot another than the Nationals with the way they've been playing latly. The Nats have been money as a favorite and Zimmerman has been solid all year. Washington at this pirce seems like the play.