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MLB Picks and Bets: New York Mets at Washington Nationals

The New York Mets will visit the Washington Nationals to open the 2019 season in what’s expected to be a hotly-contested NL East. First pitch at Nationals Park will come shortly after 1:05 p.m. Eastern.

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New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals: Projected Starting Pitchers

RHP Jacob deGrom vs. RHP Max Scherzer

The first- and second-place finishers in 2018 NL Cy Young voting will go head-to-head to open 2019. deGrom makes his first Opening Day start and will be trying to extend a streak of 29 consecutive starts with three or fewer runs allowed.

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On the flip side, Scherzer makes his fourth OD start of his first five seasons with the Nationals after signing a seven-year, $210-million pact ahead of the 2015 campaign.

New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals: By the Numbers

  • The Mets took the 2018 season series 11 games to eight, but the Nationals still lead 21-17 over the past two years.
  • Washington ranked sixth and New York 11th in offseason spending, according to Spotrac. The money includes free agency, extensions, and deals to avoid arbitration.
  • The Mets ranked 11th last year in team strikeout rate, while Scherzer ranked second among all starters with a 12.24 K/9.

New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals: Key Injuries

Mets C Travis d’Arnaud is already on the injured list,  while 3B Todd Frazier and 2B Jed Lowrie are likely headed to that designation.

Depth OF Michael Taylor is the Nationals’ most significant injury.

New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals: Picks and Betting Tips

Moneyline: We’re going to need to see how the revamped Mets’ lineup performs over the first couple weeks before trusting them against someone of Scherzer’s caliber, even with deGrom on the mound. Take Washington at -136.

Against the spread: The Nationals are +171 to win by two or more. Take this if you’re feeling greedy, but the much safer play is the moneyline in a pitcher’s duel.

Over/under: The total’s set at just 6.5 with the two aces getting things started. We’ll go with the under at -110 as deGrom extends his streak in a losing effort. Both pitchers allowed just two earned runs over their first two starts last year.


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