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New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals MLB Preview & Free Pick

Mets vs Nationals MLB Betting + Handicapping Picks

Johan Santana threw a no-hitter earlier this year, but ever since then Santana has been awful. The Mets as a team have turned south as well after hanging in the NL East race for quite some time. Washington has the best record in the major leagues, and the Nationals continue to put up awesome pitching numbers.

New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals MLB Betting Preview
Starting Pitchers: New York (Santana) vs. Washington (Detwiler)
Date/Time: August 17, 7:05 p.m.
MLB Gambling Odds from 5Dimes
Moneyline: Washington (-160) New York (+150)
Runline: Nationals -1.5 (+140) Mets +1.5 (-150)
Total: 8

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Can Santana get back on track or will it be Washington taking the first game of this series?

Santana has a ridiculous 19.29 ERA in his last three starts. He has allowed at least six earned runs in his last four starts. Not surprisingly, the Mets are 0-4 in those four starts. New York has lost 7 of their last 10 games, but they did win the final game of their series in Cincinnati last night.

In 7 of their last 10 games, the Mets have scored three runs or less. The Mets offense picked up clutch hits all through the first few months, but over the last month or two the Mets simply haven’t picked up those same hits.

The New York bullpen has been absolutely awful, and that has cost this team a ton of games this year. 

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Washington was supposed to be a team that was on the rise this year, but no one could have predicted that this team would have the best record in the majors right now. Washington leads the majors with a terrific 3.27 team ERA. Washington leads the majors with 76 quality starts.

While it has been overlooked by many, the Nationals have actually scored more runs than any other team in baseball since the All-Star game. If this offense continues to pile up the runs this team is going to be very tough to beat. Ryan Zimmerman is really hitting the ball well now, and Werth and Morse are back and healthy.

Ross Detwiler has pitched very well of late.

The Mets have been wildly inconsistent of late, and I think Washington takes care of business here. Santana doesn’t seem healthy at this point.

MLB Free Pick: Nationals -1.5

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