MLB Picks and Parlays: Mets and Nationals Will Play Rubber Match on Sunday Night Baseball
The New York Mets won Friday’s night’s series opener with Washington Nationals 4-2 on the strength of their ace pitcher Jacob deGrom firing blanks for seven innings, before finally allowing a run with two outs in the eighth. He left with the Mets up 3-1 and they held on from there, barely.
With Max Scherzer on the shelf for Washington, it was up to their current best pitcher, Gio Gonzalez, to return the favor. He did not disappoint, throwing 6.2 innings, allowing two runs and lowering his ERA to 2.40. The Nationals put four runs on the board in the first inning on the way to a 9-4 victory.
Wilmer Flores went four for four with three RBIs in a losing cause. Six Nationals had multiple hits led by 27-year old rookie Adrian Sanchez who delivered three RBIs.
The Nationals started many reserves in this game and they delivered against inferior Mets pitching.
New York is now 8-17 In August, in a month that has seen them sell off some key veterans from their team. That list includes RBI leader OF Jay Bruce, long-time vet 2B Neil Walker and long-time Met Curtis Granderson. Yoenis Cespedes was also just placed on the 10-day DL.
The Nationals have been dealing with a large assortment of injury woes as well. They are trying to weather the storm with many of them expected to return over the next couple of weeks. It’s a list that includes Scherzer, Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman, Trea Turner and Jayson Werth, players who comprise the majority of the team’s core.
Washington is 14-9 in August and 12.5 games up on Miami in the NL East, so they are playing from a position of strength with no need to rush those regulars back into the lineup.
Seth Lugo (5-3, 4.85 ERA) is coming back from his own 10-day stint on the DL. He’s made two August starts allowing eight runs in 11 innings. The Mets won his last one as he allowed five runs in 5.1 innings of a 7-6 win over the Phillies.
Tanner Roark (10-8, 4.64 ERA) has not had a particularly good season by his standards. His career ERA in 3.34, but behind that potent Nationals offense has been able to pick up wins. He’s also found his game since the All-Star break as his ERA was as high as 5.27 on July 8th. His ERA is 3.14 since the break with 42 strikeouts in his last 43 innings pitched. He gave up three runs (two earned) in 5.2 innings of a 4-3 win over the Astros last time out.
- New York are 1-7 in their last 8 Sun. games
New York are 3-10 in their last 13 games on grass
New York are 3-10 in their last 13 overall.
- Under is 6-1-1 in Washington last 8 home games
Under is 11-2-2 in Washington last 15 on grass
Under is 11-2-2 in Washington last 15 overall
Cash It In: The Washington are -178 favorites, the New York +168 underdogs. Cash It In: When deGrom is not on the mound, it is hard to see how the Mets match-up, even against a depleted Nationals team. Roark’s been pitching well and should be able to do enough to lead Washington to a win. Nationals 5-3.