New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals - 8/13/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals - 8/13/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Nationals (6-7) at New York Mets (7-11)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 1:10 pm (Citi Field)

Austin Voth (0-1) (1.80) vs. David Peterson (2-1) (3.78)

The Line: New York Mets +100 / Washington Nationals -110 --- Over/Under: 9 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Washington Nationals and the New York Mets meet Thursday in MLB action from Citi Field. 

This will be the final installment of a four-game set between these teams this week. Washington took the first pair, 16-4 on Monday and 2-1 on Tuesday. In the Wednesday game three, the Mets finally got one with an 11-6 win. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place. 

The Nationals were out-hit 13-10 in the Wednesday loss, and jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the top of the first. The runs sputtered in after that, despite solid offensive performances from Juan Soto (two homers; four RBI) and Starlin Castro (homer; two hits). Starter Anibal Sanchez went 2.2 innings with five earned on six hits. 

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For the Thursday start, the Nationals will send Austin Voth to the mound. So far in 2020, Voth is 0-1 with a 1.80 ERA and seven Ks in 10.0 innings over two starts. In his career, Voth is 3-3 with a 3.68 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 66.0 innings. 

Over on the Mets’ side, things didn’t start out well with Robert Gsellman beginning the game; he gave up three earned on four hits in 2.0 innings. The New York bullpen held together after that however, and they were able to hang on for a much-needed win. Pete Alonso had a homer, three RBI and three runs, and Brandon Nimmo had two runs, a homer and three hits. 

For the Thursday starting role, New York will go with David Peterson. This is the 24-year-old Peterson’s first year of MLB action. So far across three starts he’s got a 2-1 record with a 3.78 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 16.2 innings. 

The Nationals are 5-1 in their last six during game four of a series and 63-28 in their last 91 games as a favorite. Washington is 23-8 in their last 31 games versus a left-handed starter and the under is 7-2 in their last nine games as a favorite. 

Meanwhile, the Mets are 21-51 in their last 72 games as a home underdog and 3-7 in their last 10 during game four of a series. The under is 4-1 in the Mets’ last five Thursday games and 18-7-2 in their last 27 during game four of a series. 

Pick: I’m leaning Mets. This is a pretty intriguing starting pitching matchup. Voth managed a nice start versus the Orioles on Saturday, going five scoreless and striking out five. As for Peterson, he’s making a solid case for remaining in the New York rotation and has performed admirably with Marcus Stroman and Michael Wacha shelved. I like Peterson to post another good start here and give the Mets a shot. 

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