It’s usually not a very good idea to start making bold predictions about the MLB season until we have a month or two of action to draw from. Teams who have started slow may eventually find their way and get back into things, while those who have bolted out the gate may get hit by injuries or fall into a losing skid that derails their season. You have to wonder if that is how things will play out in the NL East, because as it stands at the moment, it’s being to look like a 1-team show. The Washington Nationals have come storming out of the gate, and have already built up a 4-game lead at the top of the division. Their main rivals this year were supposed to be the New York Mets, but they have made a horrible start, and currently seem unable to gain any sort of traction. There is an awful lot of baseball to be played, but the Nationals can make a big statement this weekend when they welcome in the Mets. Find the updated MLB betting odds here.
In Depth Analysis On The Mets At Nationals MLB Betting Run Lines
When: Friday, April 28 at 7:05 PM EST
Where: Nationals Park, Washington
Starting Pitchers: Matt Harvey Vs Stephen Straburg
TV: MLBN, SNY, MASN 2
Radio: ESPN Deportes, 710 WOR, 107.7 The Fan
Live Stream: MLB.TV
MLB Odds: TBA
Why bet on the New York Mets
Yes, it’s early in the season, but I think we can officially say that the New York Mets (8-12) are about to enter panic mode. They are currently on a 5-game losing skid, which included a sweep at the hands of the Nationals, with that series played in the Big Apple. The Mets are now 1-9 in their last 10 games, and it’s easy to forget that they started this season with a rather solid 7-3 record. The question that needs to be asked now is whether they are going to turn into the team that started the season well, or are they going to continue to slip further and further off the pace. This weekend series may present us with a clue or two. Matt Harvey (2-0, 2.84 ERA) will get the start for the Mets.
Why bet on the Washington Nationals
The Washington Nationals (15-6) are as hot as the Mets are cold right now, going 9-1 in their last 10 games and winning in stunningly convincing fashion. They headed to Colorado this week in a series that many thought would serve as a real test for them, and they have won 2 of their first 3 games in that 4-game series, scoring a staggering 30 runs in the process. It continues to be Bryce Harper who leads the charge for the Nationals. Harper is hitting .432, and had driven in 22 runs, both of which are numbers that are ridiculously good. The Nats are getting great pitching, too, and they will send Stephen Strasburg (2-0, 2.89 ERA) to the mound on Friday night.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
This is a very solid pitching match-up, and it may well be the Mets best chance at a win in this series. As good as Harvey has been, can he cool off those Nationals bats? I don’t think so.