New York Mets (26-30) at Washington Nationals (23-33)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 3:05 pm (Nationals Park)
Rick Porcello (1-6) (5.46) vs. Max Scherzer (4-4) (3.67)
The Line: Washington Nationals -155 / New York Mets +135 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The New York Mets and the Washington Nationals meet Friday in game one of an MLB doubleheader from Nationals Park.
This will be the second installment of a four-game weekend series between the Mets and the Nationals over the weekend. In the opener on Thursday, the Mets scored three runs within the span of two innings and were able to hold on for a tense 3-2 victory to take first blood in the set. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The Mets out-hit the Nationals 12-6 in the Thursday victory, but couldn’t get many runs out of that offense. New York left a whopping 24 players on base, and Robinson Chirinos posted a very important two-run homer along with all three RBI. Starting pitcher David Peterson went 7.0 innings with four hits, one earned, one walk and four strikeouts for the win.
For the Friday starting pitcher role, the Mets will go with Rick Porcello on the mound. In his 11 games this season, Porcello is 1-6 with a 5.46 ERA and 51 Ks in 56.0 innings. In his MLB career, Porcello is 150-124 with a 4.39 ERA and 1558 Ks in 2093.1 innings.
Over on the Nationals’ side, Thursday starting pitcher Patrick Corbin took the loss with 7.0 innings, three earned, 10 hits, three walks and three strikeouts. Josh Harrison was one of the only offensive bright spots for Washington in that one, going 2-for-2 with an RBI.
In the starting pitcher spot on Friday, the Nationals are sending out Max Scherzer. In his 11 games this year, Scherzer is 4-4 with a 3.67 ERA and 85 Ks in 61.1 innings. Over his MLB career, Scherzer is 174-93 with a 3.21 ERA and 2777 Ks in 2351.1 innings.
The over is 5-0 in the Mets’ last five versus a team with a losing record and 7-2 in the last nine road games. The under is 3-1-1 in New York’s last five games on grass and the over is 5-1-1 in their last seven games as an underdog.
Meanwhile, the under is 4-1 in the Nationals’ last five games as a home favorite and the over is 4-1-1 in their last six Friday games. The over is 4-0 in the Nationals’ last four versus a team with a losing record and the under is 6-2 in their last eight versus a right-handed starter.
Pick: I’m going to stick with the Nationals. At first glance there’s not much to like about this game, but the pitching matchup is interesting at least. Porcello posted a nice seven-inning outing his last time up, and he’s held the Nationals to three runs in 13 innings this year. As for Scherzer, he’s looking for a win to finish over .500 for the 11th straight year. I think he’ll get it here and have a big hand in a Nats victory.