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Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets - 5/14/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New York Mets at Washington Nationals
Date & Time Tuesday May 14, 2019, 7:05 PM (EDT)
Location
Nationals Park
Washington, DC
The Line
New York Mets -161 / Washington Nationals +140 -- O/U: 8.5
TV Channel
MASN2, SNY
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The New York Mets and the Washington Nationals meet in game one of a three game NL East division set from Nationals Park in MLB action on Tuesday night.

The New York Mets will look to keep their momentum going after a pair of wins over Miami, including a 4-1 win in Saturday’s matchup after Sunday’s finale was rained out and postponed. Michael Conforto had a home run and two RBIs while going 2 for 3 at the dish while Pete Alonso had a solo home run and Jacob DeGrom went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI to round out New York’s scoring as a team in the win. Jeff McNeil, Robinson Cano, Amed Rosario and Tomas Nido each had base hits as well in the winning effort. DeGrom got the win on the mound after allowing one run on five hits while striking out eight over seven innings of work. Edwin Diaz closed out the 9th for his 10th save of the year. Noah Syndergaard will start game one and is 2-3 with a 5.14 ERA and 54 strikeouts this season. In his career, Syndergaard is 3-6 with a 3.60 ERA and 79 strikeouts against Washington.

The Washington Nationals will look to bounce back after settling for a split with the Los Angeles Dodgers, including a 6-0 loss in the series finale on Sunday. Gerardo Parra’s double was the lone base hit for the Nats in the losing effort as the rest of the team went 0 for 25 with 9 strikeouts in the losing effort. Stephen Strasburg took the loss, falling to 3-3 after allowing two runs on four hits while striking out seven over six innings of work. Jeremy Hellickson will start the opener and is 2-1 with a 5.52 ERA and 26 strikeouts this season. In his career, Hellickson is 3-4 with a 6.71 ERA and 40 strikeouts against the Mets.

New York is 1-7 in their last 8 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 division games while the under is 9-2 in their last 11 games overall. Washington is 2-6 in their last 8 games overall and 2-5 in their last 7 home games while the under is 9-4 in their last 13 games overall. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

I can respect New York being favored because the Mets are playing better baseball for the most part than the Nationals have been lately, but the problem is that Syndergaard has been touched up for at least four earned runs in 6 of his 8 starts this season. On the other hand, Hellickson has been batted around a bit in his own right, and we aren’t getting enough plus money to consider taking a stab at Washington despite the Nationals hanging in there against the Dodgers over the weekend. I think both pitchers’ current form lends itself to a high-scoring game, so I’ll side with the over in this game.

Pick:
Over 8.5

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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