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New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals - 4/4/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Nationals at New York Mets
Date & Time Thursday April 4, 2019, 1:10 PM (EDT)
Citi Field
New York, New York
The Line
New York Mets -130 / Washington Nationals +120 O/U: 6.5
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The Washington Nationals and the New York Mets will meet up on the MLB diamond on Thursday to open their series.

The Nationals will be rolling with Stephen Strasburg in the start on Thursday. In his first start of the year against the Mets on March 30, Strasburg put up 6.0 innings with seven hits and four earned runs in a no-decision.

In a 9-8 win Wednesday versus the Phillies, Washington’s Anthony Rendon posted three runs, three hits and an RBI. Juan Soto also had a great game with three RBI, three hits and two runs to his credit.

Over on the Mets’ side, they’re sending out Noah Syndergaard on Thursday. In his March 30 start versus the Nats, Syndergaard put up four earned on seven hits across 6.0 innings of work for a no-decision.

Heading into the Wednesday game versus Miami, New York’s Wilson Ramos topped the team on eight hits with five runs and four RBI. In the finale versus the Marlines, Ramos managed a hit in a pinch-hit hole and Pete Alonzo bagged two hits with an RBI and a run.

The Nationals are 1-7 in their last eight in game one of a series and 0-5 in their last five Thursday games. Washington is 38-13 in Strasburg’s last 51 road starts and 66-24 in his last 90 starts.

Meanwhile, the Mets are 5-0 in their last five Thursday games and 5-2 in their last seven in game one of a series. New York is 7-1 in Syndergaard’s last eight home starts and 5-2 in his last seven starts.

Remember when Strasburg was a sure thing? He’s not anymore, but it’s worth noting that Strasburg went on a nice run to close out last season, with two or fewer earned in seven straight starts. So there’s that.

Syndergaard stumbled in his inaugural start this year as well, but he also had a nice finish to 2018, with three quality starts in four games.

These teams scored 19 combined runs on March 30, and another high-scoring game here isn’t out of the question (the over looks nice). Aside from that it seems like a coin flip, but at home I’m going Mets here.

New York Mets -130

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