New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals - 9/2/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Nationals (78-55) at New York Mets (69-65)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 2, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Citi Field)
A.J. Cole (0-1) (4.97) vs. N Syndergaard (12-7) (2.55)
The Line: New York Mets -170 / Washington Nationals +160 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The New York Mets look to shake off a tough loss at home against the Miami Marlins as they continue their home stand against the Washington Nationals on Friday.
The Nationals have been the class of the NL East this season and should have no trouble holding off the pack to claim the division and earn a top playoff spot and you can be sure that they would love to do some damage on the Mets in this series to keep their foes out of the wild card spot. Washington is loaded across the board but the one area of concern is their rotation behind Strasburg and Scherzer and tonight they will send AJ Cole to the mound who is 0-1 with a 4.97 ERA and he will have a tough task ahead of him not only against a Mets side that is need of a victory but is countering with Noah Syndergaard who is 12-7 with a 2.55 ERA.
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The Mets need to keep winning games against division rivals and each game they play now is of the utmost importance as they aim to get back into the wild card picture in the National League. New York does have a playoff caliber roster and they are getting a huge boost from Yoenis Cespedes right now and if he and the rest of the New York bats can stay hot and Thor can come out and throw a gem they should be in a great spot for a win even though they are playing against one of the best teams in baseball.
Washington is 4-1 in their last five Friday games, 5-2 in their last seven overall, and 5-0 in their last five after allowing two runs or less in their previous game while the Mets are 7-2 in their last nine home games, 1-4 in their last five Friday games, and 12-5 in their last 17 Syndergaard starts against a team with a winning record. New York is the more desperate side here and with their flame thrower on the mound I think they get it done.