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New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals - 4/17/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Nationals (8-9) at New York Mets (12-3)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 7:10 pm (Citi Field)

G Gonzalez (1-1) (2.20) vs. Z Wheeler (1-0) (1.29)

The Line: New York Mets -110 / Washington Nationals +100 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: MASN, SNY

The Washington Nationals and New York Mets meet Tuesday in MLB action at Citi Field.

The Washington Nationals look for another victory to get back to a .500 record. The Nationals have scored 19 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last nine games. The Washington Nationals are 6-3 this season when scoring more than three runs. Howie Kendrick leads the Nationals with 17 hits and seven RBI while Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon have combined for 33 hits and 21 RBI. Gio Gonzalez gets the ball, and he is 1-1 with a 2.20 ERA and 20 strikeouts this season. Gonzalez is 14-5 with a 2.88 ERA and 138 strikeouts in his career against the Mets. 

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New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals - 4/17/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The New York Mets look for a bounce back victory to build on their impressive 12-3 record. The Mets have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 11 games. The New York Mets are 12-1 this season when scoring more than one run. Asdrubal Cabrera leads the Mets with 21 hits and seven RBI while Todd Frazier and Yoenis Cespedes have combined for 26 hits and 23 RBI. Zack Wheeler gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA and seven strikeouts this season. Wheeler is 2-7 with a 4.84 ERA and 51 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.

The Nationals are 15-6 in their last 21 Tuesday games, 10-4 in Gonzalezs last 14 road starts and 2-5 in Gonzalezs last 7 starts. The Mets are 6-1 in their last 7 during game 2 of a series, 5-13 in their last 18 Tuesday games and 2-5 in Wheelers last 7 starts with 5 days of rest. The Nationals are 47-16 in the last 63 meetings in New York, 4-1 in Gonzalezs last 5 starts vs. Mets and 12-2 in Gonzalezs last 14 road starts vs. Mets.

The New York Mets are obviously one of the hotter teams in the league right now and the consistent play is rubbing off with the lineup and the pitching staff. Wheeler was sharp in his debut and is plenty rested for his next start. The problem is you almost never see the Nationals at even money, especially when Gonzalez is on the hill. Gonzalez's numbers in terms of batting average and what not isn't so hot against current Mets hitters, but his career numbers against this team is lights out success. Tough to fade the Mets at home, but it's even tougher to turn down the even money with the Nats.

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