MLB Picks And Parlays: The Mets travel to Washington to Begin a Four-Game Series
by Matt Cash @MattCashCapper
New York is a tough team to read. They have been hit by a ton of injuries to both the pitching staff and the offense and have managed to produce relatively well when not expected. And then just when you they are about to go on a run, their lack of depth catches up to them. But more recently they’ve had some players return to health, including offensive leader Yoenis Cespedes and they’ve won six of eight.
That includes taking two of three from the Cubs in their mid-week series. They came back twice on Wednesday, battling back from 2-1 and 4-2 deficits before eventually prevailing 9-4. They scored five in the eighth to break things open, with the game winning RBI coming on a Curtis Granderson home run to start the inning.
Washington has hit a rough patch in their season that has taken a little bit of the shine off of their hot start. They’ve lost six of eight games including a sweep at the hands of Texas and two of three to the Braves. Their usually reliable pitching staff was a disaster against Atlanta, allowing 29 runs in their three- game series. As such they lost one game in which they scored ten runs.
On Wednesday, the Nationals lost 13-2 as the Braves jumped all over Tanner Roark for six runs in the first three innings.
The Mets are 6-6 this month and the pitching staff has a 4.99 ERA. The offense is producing 4.33 RPG.
Washington are 6-6 in June and the pitching staff has a 4.42 ERA. The offense is producing 5.58 RPG.
The Mets are sending Steven Matz (1-0, 1.29 ERA) to the mound. He made his sterling season debut last week against the Braves, allowing one run in seven innings of work in an 8-1 victory. He retired 15 of the last 17 hitters he faced as he came back from a serious elbow injury.
Washington is sending Gio Gonzalez (5-1, 2.91 ERA) to the mound and he’s having an excellent bounce back season. He’s struggled to get wins the last four seasons and last year posted his highest ERA (4.57) since he was with the A’s in 2009. But Gonzalez’s back to looking like he did in his first year with the Nationals when he went 21-8 with a 2.89 ERA in 2012. Last time out he allowed one run in six innings of a 6-3 loss to the Rangers.
- Washington is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
- Washington is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Washington’s last 10 games
- NY Mets is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
- NY Mets is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of NY Mets’ last 8 games
Cash It In: The Nationals are -117 favorites at home, the Mets -103 underdogs. This should be a great game and New York is finally heating up. Look for a low scoring affair with the Mets inching one out. Mets 4-2.