Washington at NY Mets Expert MLB Betting Pick & Preview

Posted by Peter Boysen on June 14, 2017 in

The New York Mets (29-34) open a four-game weekend set in Washington against the National League East-leading Nationals (39-25) on Thursday night. The Nationals just snapped a four-game slide with a 10-5 whipping of the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night, buoyed by the return of Ryan Zimmerman to the lineup. The Mets saw a four-game winning streak come to an end, as they took a 14-3 beating from the Chicago Cubs. It’s been a rough season for the Mets, but they still have a chance to get back on track. The Nationals have had stable season and are doing pretty well in their division. It’s going to be an interesting matchup. Let’s see who’s the MLB betting pick for the game.

Washington at NY Mets Expert MLB Betting Pick & Preview

When: Thursday, June 15, 2017, 7:10pm ET
Where: Citi Field, New York
TV: MASN / SNY / MLB Network
Radio: Washington / New York
Live Stream: MLB.tv
MLB Betting Odds: TBA
Pitching Matchup: Gio Gonzalez (5-1, 2.91 ERA) (WAS) vs Steven Matz (1-0, 1.29 ERA) (NY)

Why should you bet on the Nationals?

Despite the fact that Gio Gonzalez had his last turn in the rotation during the Nats’ 6-3 loss to Texas, he only permitted a single earned run in six innings in that game; the bullpen gave up the crucial hits that gave the Rangers the lead. Now that Ryan Zimmerman has returned from his back injury, he shows no signs of rust — he belted a pair of homers in the team’s win on Tuesday. He has the best batting average in the major leagues and leads the National League in home runs, so if Matz leaves him any fat pitches, he could make him pay in a hurry.

NY Mets are MLB Betting Underdogs for this matchup against the Nationals.

Why should you put your money on the Mets?

Steven Matz returned from a lengthy layoff due to an elbow injury to make his season debut back on June 10 against the Atlanta Braves. He pitched seven solid innings, permitting just a single run on five hits, fanning a pair of Atlanta batters. The Met pitching staff had done a solid job in their last six games leading up to Tuesday’s debacle, permitting just 9 total runs over that stretch. The Nationals have scored 20 runs in their last two games, but before that they had just managed 11 runs in their last seven games, so if Matz can pitch well from the beginning, he could outpitch Gonzalez.

MLB Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

It was good to see Matz return from the DL and pitch so well, but the Nationals have a lot more heft in their lineup than the Braves do. I see Washington winning, 5-2.