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Maybe Don’t Expect A Lot Of Offense Between Nats, Mets

*Jacob deGrom's start has been pushed back due to neck stiffness. Matt Harvey will start on normal rest instead.

The NL East favorites square off for the first time this season, as the Washington Nationals and New York Mets kick off a three-game set Friday. Both teams have a plethora of pitching options, which has been evident to totals bettors. The UNDER has in the past nine games between the Nats and Mets with the two teams averaging a combined 5.3 runs per game in those outings.

Shark Bites
  • Bryce Harper is 7-for-18 with three extra-base hits in his career against Jacob deGrom.
  • The favored team is 4-0 SU in the last 4 games between the Nationals and Mets.
  • The Mets are 1-5 SU and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games.

Washington will send the steady Tanner Roark to the bump to start the series. Roark has posted a solid 3.50 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP through his first three starts and has not walked a batter in his last two. The righty has always enjoyed pitching at Citi Field with a 2.08 ERA in eight career appearances (five starts) in New York.  

The Mets will counter with Jacob deGrom who has been dealing so far this young season. The right-hander has 1.89 ERA with a 0.84 WHIP in his first three starts and is coming off a 13 K performance against Philadelphia. In his first start at home this season, deGrom went 6.0 innings while surrendering just two hits and no runs.

The Mets will be likely be sending a depleted lineup to face off against Roark with Yoenis Cespedes, Lucas Duda, Travis d’Arnaud and Wilmer Flores all dealing with injuries. On the flip side, the Nats are hoping to get Jayson Werth, Daniel Murphy and Trea Turner back in the lineup Friday but will all likely be back sometime during the series.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Washington Nationals were listed as 125 underdogs on the MLB baseball moneyline at many online sportsbooks, including Bet365. The total was set at 7 before betting started earlier on Friday over at Bovada.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 5.1-2.3 win for the Nationals on Friday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Washington Nationals vs New York Mets Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

8-8 New York battles the Nationals, currently with a 10-5 mark. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and New York vs Washington injuries news.

According to MLB Power Rankings here, it's the No. 10-ranked New York Mets and the No. 6-rated Washington Nationals in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits New York Mets No. 11-rated offense, averaging 4.5 runs per game, against a Washington Nationals defense that ranks No. 24 at 4.6 in runs allowed per game. The New York Mets have averaged 7.69 hits per game so far, less than Washington Nationals batters have averaged on the year (9.87 hits per game).

New York owns the No. 18 defense, allowing 4.5 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Washington's No. 24-rated defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Betting Trends
  • Washington is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 7 games
  • Washington is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games on the road
  • Washington is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • NY Mets is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
  • NY Mets is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Mets's last 5 games
  • NY Mets is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Washington at New York, Saturday, April 22nd

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