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Nationals at Mets - 5/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Nationals (23-15) at New York Mets (21-16)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Citi Field)

M Scherzer (4-2) (4.15) vs. N Syndergaard (3-2) (2.52)

The Line: New York Mets / Washington Nationals --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: MASN/SNY

The Washington Nationals and New York Mets begin a three-game series Tuesday at Citi Field.

The Washington Nationals could use a win after losing seven of their last 11 games. The Nationals have allowed 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The Washington Nationals have an ERA of 2.97 and have lost eight of their last 10 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Daniel Murphy leads Washington with 56 hits, Bryce Harper has 29 RBI and Jayson Werth has six home runs. Max Scherzer gets the ball, and he’s 4-2 with a 4.15 ERA and 66 strikeouts this season. Scherzer is 3-2 with a 2.23 ERA and 65 strikeouts in his career against the Mets.

Nationals at Mets - 5/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The New York Mets need a win in order to snap a four-game losing streak. The Mets have allowed 16 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in 10 of their last 17 games. The New York Mets have an ERA of 3.09 and have lost six straight when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Asdrubal Cabrera leads New York with 38 hits, Yoenis Cespedes has 32 RBI and Neil Walker has 10 home runs. Noah Syndergaard takes the hill, and he’s 3-2 with a 2.53 ERA and 55 strikeouts this season. Syndergaard is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 23 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.

The Nationals are 39-17 in their last 56 games following an off day and 7-3 in Scherzers last 10 starts. The Mets are 16-5 in their last 21 games following an off day and 10-4 in Syndergaards last 14 home starts. The Nationals are 40-16 in the last 56 meetings in New York and 53-26 in the last 79 meetings overall.

It's only a matter of time before the Mets get out of this little funk that they're in, and it might as well come at home with Syndergaard on the hill. Syndergaard has some of the best stuff in all of baseball, and it's not like the Nats are tearing the cover off the ball.

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