Washington vs New York MLB Odds Analysis
On Tuesday night, the New York Mets welcome the Washington Nationals to town. The Mets (21-16) are in third place in the National League East and limp back to town having lost four in a row, including an inexplicable three game sweep at the hands of the Colorado Rockies. The Nationals (23-15) are in first place in the East, 1 ½ games up on the Mets. They come to town having lost two in a row to Miami, by a combined 12-2 score. Find out more about the updated MLB sports betting spread here.
Washington Nationals vs New York Mets MLB Odds Analysis
When: Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 7:10 Eastern time
Where: Citi Field, Flushing, NY
TV: MASN, SNY
Radio: 710 AM WOR New York
Live Stream: MLB.tv
MLB Odds: TBA
Pitching Matchup: Max Scherzer (4-2, 4.15 ERA) (WAS) vs Noah Syndergaard (3-2, 2.53 ERA) (NY)
Why should you bet on Washington?
The last time Max Scherzer took the hill, he struck out 20 Detroit Tigers, joining Randy Johnson, Kerry Wood and Roger Clemens as the only pitchers ever to strike out 20 batters in a nine-inning game. Bryce Harper is emerging from his slump, but he’s finding fewer and fewer pitches to hit. He’s taking advantage, though, instead of hacking after bad pitches. In 14 games in May, he already has 24 free passes, and he is now on pace for 175 on the season.
Why should you put your money on the Mets?
Scherzer was outstanding the last time out, but he also has a 4.15 ERA, so the Mets really don’t know which Scherzer will show up. Six Met starters have home runs in their careers off Scherzer. They also send Noah Syndergaard to the mound, and not only was he dominant in his last outing against the Dodgers, he hit two home runs and drove in all four Met runs. In his last start, he averaged 98.9 mph with his fastball and 91.3 mph on his slider. The Nationals had better be ready to swing early.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I like Syndergaard and the Mets to take advantage of the Nationals, whose offense has fallen off the table lately. I’m predicting a 5-2 New York victory.