MLB Picks: New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals Game 2 9/26/20

MLB Picks: New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals Game 2 9/26/20 Photo by Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

New York Mets (26-31) at Washington Nationals (23-34)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 6:05 pm (Nationals Park)

Jacob deGrom (4-2) (2.14) vs. Anibal Sanchez (3-5) (6.42)

The Line: Washington Nationals +190 / New York Mets -210 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The New York Mets and the Washington Nationals meet Saturday in MLB action from Nationals Park. 

This will be the second game of a Saturday doubleheader, and the third game in a four-matchup weekend series between the Mets and Nationals. New York got a win Thursday 3-2 in the opener. We originally had another matchup scheduled Friday, but will be made up in game one. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place. 

The Mets have some great hitters this season mixed into the lineup this season. Pete Alonso leads the team with 13 homers and 30 RBI, but is hitting just .211 on the year. Dominic Smith is doing well on a .322 BA and 21 doubles, and Robinson Cano is hitting .315 with 10 homers and 30 RBI. 

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For the Saturday starting pitcher role, the Mets are still working things out but could still be going with Jacob deGrom. In his 11 starts this season, deGrom is 4-2 with a 2.14 ERA and 94 strikeouts in 63.0 innings. Over his MLB career, deGrom is 70-51 with a 2.60 ERA and 1349 Ks in 1164.2 innings. 

Over on the Nationals’ side, Juan Soto is one of their key hitters this season with a .351 BA, 13 homers and 37 RBI so far. Trea Turner is also a big contributor with a .335 average, 10 homers and 33 RBI for Washington in 2020. 

In the starting role Saturday, the Nationals will send Anibal Sanchez to the mound. Over 10 starts in 2020, Sanchez is 3-5 with a 6.80 ERA and 40 Ks in 47.2 innings. Over his MLB career, Sanchez is 111-113 with a 4.05 ERA and 1723 Ks in 1943.0 innings. 

The Mets are 22-10 in the last 32 games as a road favorite and 5-11 in their last 16 games versus a team with a losing record. New York is 1-4 in the last five games as a favorite and 2-5 in the last seven on the road versus a team with a losing record. 

Meanwhile, the Nationals are 1-4 in the last five Saturday games and 4-10 in the last 14 during game three of a series. Washington is 12-28 in their last 40 games versus a right-handed starter and the over is 7-2 in their last nine during game three of a series.
Pick: I’m going New York. That’s mostly because deGrom is (probably) on the mound. He’ll be showing his stuff for the final time in an effort to earn that third consecutive NL Cy Young Award. Last time out, deGrom posted seven innings with 14 strikeouts, so he’s a pretty good bet for a nice game. 

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Andrew’s Pick New York Mets -210

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