Bet Nationals -140 Over the Mets in Series Finale

Ross Benjamin

Thursday, August 14, 2014 12:10 PM GMT

Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 12:10 PM GMT

We’ll examine tonight’s finale of a 3-game series between the Nationals and Mets. Can the Mets overcome the dominance their division rival has had over them during the past 3-seasons? Read our informative sports handicapping preview article before making your MLB bets today.

Been a Crushing in Flushing
The Mets will host the Nationals tonight at Citi Field in Flushing, New York with the first pitch slated for 7:10 PM ET. According to MLB betting odds, the Nationals are a -130 money line road favorite, and the total is set at 7.0. The Mets will attempt to solve their futility against a Washington team that’s gone 19-4 against them at Citi Field over the past 3-seasons. Heading into last night’s game, these teams have seen 6 of their 7-meetings in 2014 go over the total.

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The Starting Pitchers
The Nationals will go with highly touted Stephen Strasburg on the mound tonight. Much to the dismay of Nationals management, and their fan base, Strasburg has bordered on erratic, and definitely has been inconsistent during the 2014 season. After putting together two terrific starts in a row’ the Nationals so called ace was rocked in his last start at Atlanta. In that outing, he allowed 7 earned runs, and surrendered 4 home runs in just 5.0 innings of work. If it’s any consolation, the Washington hurler has struggled throughout his young career when pitching at Turner Field in Atlanta. Strasburg has gone 4-1 lifetime against the money versus the Mets with a stellar 2.70 ERA

The Mets will send right-hander Dillon Gee to the hill this evening. Gee has pitched better than his 2014 record would indicate. In 14-starts this season, he’s compiled a respectable 3.54 ERA. Gee has gone 7-6 against the money in his career versus the Nationals, while posting a solid 3.23 ERA, and all of this starts have come since 2010.

 

Let’s Go Mets
The major difference between the Mets and the Nationals in the NL East standings right now has been their head-to-head battles. Heading into last night’s game, the Nationals had taken 8 of 10 from the Mets this season, and the difference in the NL East standings between these clubs is 8.0 games. Believe it or not, the Mets are just one very good winning streak from thrusting themselves into the thick of the NL wild card race.

 

Nationals Begin to Pull Away in the NL East
At the time of this writing, the Nationals have forged ahead to a 6.0 game lead over the 2nd place and ice cold Atlanta Braves. With the Braves seemingly falling apart, the Nationals can possibly widen the gap even further heading into September. I think that most would agree neither the Marlins or the Mets have what it takes to make a serious push at the Nationals for the divisional crown.

 

MLB Betting System
Any road team which is +115 to -135 on the money line, and has a winning record on the season, versus an opponent with a winning percentage of .460 to .490, has gone 59-26 (69.4%) during the past 5-seasons.

Free Pick: Nationals -140 over the Mets at BetOnline

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