New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals - 8/24/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Nationals (64-64) at New York Mets (56-71)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 24, 2018 at 7:10 pm (Citi Field)
G Gonzalez (7-10) (4.51 ) vs. J Vargas (3-8) (7.67)
The Line: New York Mets +132 / Washington Nationals -142 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
NL East MLB features the Washington Nationals visiting the New York Mets on Friday.
The Washington Nationals saw their chance at a three game sweep of Philadelphia go by the wayside in a 2-0 defeat on Thursday. Washington starter Max Scherzer fell to 16-6 with both runs plated over seven innings where he struck out ten.
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The Nationals offense consisted of five hits and a base on balls with Adam Eaton, Mark Reynolds and Spencer Kieboom smacking doubles.
Washington sends Gio Gonzalez to the mound for Saturday’s start at the Mets. Gonzalez has dropped consecutive starts with 13 runs plated on 15 hits and seven BB over 8.2 frames.
The New York Mets had been playing well with wins in four of five before their offense stalled in a 3-1 loss to San Francisco. New York starter Jacob deGrom fell to 8-8 with two runs (one earned) plated over six frames before Tyler Bashlor served up a solo bomb.
The Mets attack consisted of five hits and a free pass with Todd Frazier preventing the shutout with his 14th homer while Jose Bautista had two hits and walked.
Left hander Jason Vargas toes the rubber against Washington Saturday. Vargas defeated Philadelphia last time out with both runs given up on six hits through 5.1 innings.
Over is 7-3 in Washington last 10 Friday games and under is 37-16-1 in Washington last 54 road games and under is 16-5-1 in Gonzalez’s last 22 on grass. NY Mets are 4-9 in their last 13 Friday games and are 1-7 in Vargas' last 8 starts and are 1-7 in Vargas' last 8 starts on grass. Washington are 51-19 in the last 70 meetings in New York.
This game depends on whether the Nationals team of the past several years shows up or the same inconsistent squad fighting to stay above .500 continues to take the field…