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Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets - 3/30/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New York Mets at Washington Nationals
Date & Time Saturday March 30, 2019, 1:05 PM (EDT)
Location
Nationals Park
Washington, DC
The Line
Washington Nationals -132 / New York Mets +108 -- O/U: 7
TV Channel
MASN, SNY
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The New York Mets and the Washington Nationals meet in game two of their three game NL East division set from Nationals Park on Saturday afternoon.

The New York Mets will look to keep the ball rolling after opening the season with a 2-0 victory over the Nationals on Thursday. Robinson Cano accounted for both New York runs, going 2 for 4 with a homer while Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos and Amed Rosario each had a base hit as New York cranked out just five hits as a team in the winning effort. Jacob DeGrom got the win to improve to 1-0 after tossing six five-hit shutout innings, striking out 10 en route to the victory. Edwin Diaz closed out the 9th for his 1st save of the season. Noah Syndergaard will start game two and was 13-4 with a 3.03 ERA and 155 strikeouts last season. In his career, Syndergaard is 3-5 with a 3.43 ERA and 66 strikeouts against Washington.

The Washington Nationals will look to bounce back and get on the board after being shut out in game one on Thursday. Trea Turner went 2 for 4 at the dish and Victor Robles chipped in a double while Adam Eaton and Yan Gomes each added a base hit as the Nats also mustered up just five hits as a team in the loss. Max Scherzer took the loss, falling to 0-1 after allowing two runs on two hits over 7.2 innings of work while walking three and striking out 12. Stephen Strasburg will get the start in game two and was 10-7 with a 3.74 ERA and 156 strikeouts last season. In his career, Strasburg is 8-5 with a 2.83 ERA and 129 strikeouts against the Mets.

New York is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall and 7-0 in Syndergaard’s last 7 starts against a team with a losing record while the under is 10-2 in their last 12 games following a win. Washington is 39-13 in Strasburg’s last 52 division starts and 4-1 in their last 5 games against a right-handed starter while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 division games. New York is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

Laying juice with Washington based on Strasburg’s success against the Mets makes sense given that Washington’s won 6 of Strasburg’s last 8 starts against New York. However, Washington also showed signs of struggle in their first game without Bryce Harper, while New York’s new acquisitions started paying dividends right away. I just know that I don’t feel comfortable laying juice with the Nationals until they show some signs of life so I’ll take the plus money with the Mets for the second game in a row.

Pick:
NY Mets +108

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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