The Mets took the season opener in the nation's capital, but Jordan Zimmermann & the Nationals will look to even things up in game two of the series. What kind of MLB betting odds are on offer?
The MLB odds vary, but for the most part you can find the Nationals favored in the -130 to -140 range, which means you can back the Mets at right around +120.
Don't expect a lot of runs tonight, as we currently see a total of 6.5 on the board, one of the lowest numbers out there on a busy Wednesday.
Washington Nationals (Zimmermann)
The Nationals couldn't get much of anything going on Monday, as they were held to three hits and one run in a 3-1 loss. They were stifled by the ever-aging Bartolo Colon (who whiffed eight batters), with Bryce Harper and Michael Taylor the only two Nationals that were able to muster hits.
Harper hit a home run to drive home Washington's only run, but other than that it was a complete no show from the offense. It's not like Max Scherzer, the Nationals' new pitching toy, pitched badly, but he made a couple mistakes and that's all Colon and the Mets needed. Scherzer allowed four hits and three runs (zero earned) while striking out eight and walking two over 7.2 innings of work.
Now it's Jordan Zimmermann's turn to see what he can do in his season opener. The 28-year-old righty had a fantastic 2014 season, going 14-5 with a 2.66 ERA and 1.07 WHIP, and the fact he's this team's number two starter (with Stephen Strasburg taking up the third spot) just goes to show you how stacked this rotation is. Zimmermann had a lot of success against the Mets last year, going 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA in four starts against them.
New York Mets (deGrom)
Few gave the Mets a chance of grabbing an opening day win, not with a seemingly huge mismatch on the mound with Colon going up agains Scherzer the stud.
However, Colon was at his best and New York strung together just enough offensively to secure the win. Colon pitched six excellent innings, allowing just three hits and one run (a solo shot to Harper) to go with his eight punchouts and one free past. Offensively, it was Lucas Duda and Travis d'Arnaud that provided the punch, with Duda driving in two with a single in the second inning and d'Arnaud compiling a couple hits (including a triple) and the other run batted in.
Tonight the Mets will put the ball in the glove of Jacob deGrom, who quickly became one of the team's most reliable hurlers last season. He went 9-6 with a 2.69 ERA overall and had a 144:43 K:BB ratio in 140.1 innings of work. deGrom wasn't nearly as effective on the road, however, as he went 4-3 with a 3.64 ERA as opposed to a sterling 1.70 ERA in 10 home assignments. We'll have to see if he's up for the challenge in his season debut tonight.
Sometimes it makes sense to just lay the chalk in baseball and roll with a team in a good situational spot.
The Nationals were punchless at the plate on Monday, but we wouldn't be surprised to see them have more success against deGrom, whom they hit up for seven hits and three earned runs in their one showdown last season. But, more importantly, we think Zimmermann will be able to shut down this New York offense completely, just like he did on numerous occasions in 2014.
So, with your MLB picks, we recommend taking Washington to bounce back and get the victory at home, evening up the series at 1-1 in the process. Back Zimmermann and the Nationals at approximately -130 on the moneyline.
Free MLB Pick: Washington Nationals -130 at Pinnacle