New York Mets (40-33) vs. Washington Nationals (37-38)
June 28, 2021 7:05 pm EDT
The Line: Washington Nationals -114 / New York Mets +105 ; Over/Under: 7.5
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The New York Mets and the Washington Nationals meet Monday in MLB action from Nationals Park. The Mets are coming off a weekend set versus the Phillies. New York won two of the first three in that series, then on Sunday the Mets lost by two runs. As for the Nats, they played the Marlins over the weekend. Washington lost two of their first three, then on Sunday the Nationals managed a four-run victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
New York posted a split in the first two games against Philly, then eked out a Saturday victory 4-3. In the Sunday finale, the Mets fell in a 4-2 result. Marcus Stroman put up 3.0 innings with five hits and two earned.
For the starting role Monday, the Mets will send out Jerad Eickhoff. This year Eickhoff has just one start, going 4.0 clean innings with three hits, three walks and three strikeouts versus the Braves on June 22.
Over on the Nationals’ side, they won 7-3 over the Marlins Thursday but then lost 11-2 Friday and 3-2 Saturday. In the Sunday finale, Washington put up four runs in the sixth inning on the way to a 5-1 win. Max Scherzer lasted 6.0 innings with five hits and one earned.
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For the starter job in the Monday game, the Nationals will send out Paolo Espino. This year Espino is 1-2 with a 2.35 ERA and 23 strikeouts.
The Mets are 1-4 in their last five games with the total set at 7.0-8.5 and 16-5 in their last 21 with the total set at 6.5 or lower. The under is 4-0 in New York’s last four in game one of a series and 7-3 in their last 10 overall.
Meanwhile, the Nationals are 4-0 in their last four in game one of a series and 10-3 in the last 13 overall. The under is 13-3 in Washington’s last 16 home games versus a team with a winning record as well.
PICK: I’m going to take a stab on the Mets. Eickhoff hasn’t gotten much field time yet this year but he’s got a 4.11 career ERA in 81 games and 77 starts. Eickhoff has 203 earned runs in 444.0 innings during his MLB tenure, and if he can post a quality start in this one the Mets should be in good shape.