MLB Picks: Bet Mets +134 vs. Nationals

Joe Freda

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 1:41 PM GMT

Wednesday, Jun. 5, 2013 1:41 PM GMT

The New York Mets dropped their fourth straight road game with Tuesday’s 3-2 defeat to the Washington Nationals, who cashed as 195 home favorites. Wednesday’s rematch has another duel of right-handed starters slated, with Washington’s Dan Haren (4-6, 5.09 ERA) facing New York’s Dillon Gee (3-6, 5.68 ERA).

Check out our Wednesday Morning MLB Odds & Betting Lines Report.

Nationals rally in ninth 

Washington came up with a pair of late runs to collect in Tuesday’s affair, prevailing despite logging two errors in the contest. Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche drove in mate Ryan Zimmerman to tie the battle, while mate Steve Lombardozzi poked a walkoff sacrifice to score LaRoche. 

New York’s Omar Quintalla drove in both of his side’s two runs, cracking a double and triple in a 2-for-3 night. The Mets were edged in hits, 7-4, while the matchup’s combined five runs ducked UNDER the ‘total’ of 7 ½. 

Haren outdueled in Baltimore 

Haren picked up a third loss in four starts with Thursday’s 2-0 setback for Washington as a 124 road dog against the Baltimore Orioles. The 11-year veteran gave up both of Baltimore’s runs, allowing eight hits over 7 1/3 innings. 

Washington was held to three hits in the tight affair, with Denard Span and Ryan Zimmerman both logging 0-for-4 nights at the plate. Nationals mates Adam LaRoche and Ian Desmond both went 1-for-3 from the lineup’s heart, while outfielder Tyler Moore struck out twice. 

Gee ends recent slide

Gee notched his first win in four outings as part of the same night’s card, with the Mets defeating the New York Yankees in a 3-1 victory. The 27-year-old rang up 12 strikeouts over 7 1/3 frames, cashing as a 182 road dog.

Mets outfielder Marlon Byrd cracked his sixth homer, while mates Justin Turner and Anthony Recker each poked a double as part of 1-for-4 nights. Gee was relieved by Scott Rice and Bobby Parnell, with Parnell logging his ninth save in a hitless final frame.

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Back the Mets as road dogs 

MLB odds opened Haren as a 144 home favorite, while first setting the ‘total’ at 7 ½ (OVER minus 120). The weather forecast at Nationals Park calls for 74 degrees, with partly cloudy skies and calm winds blowing right to left. 

When it comes to my free picks tonight, I am backing Gee and the Mets here at a sizable dog price, looking for Terry Collins’ club to even this set. 

Gee showed improvement in last week’s matchup against the Yankees’ lineup, while tossing 5 2/3 frames of shutout ball in April’s 2-0 victory for New York over the Nationals. The Texas native has held his own against Washington’s lineup, allowing Ryan Zimmerman and Roger Bernadina a combined 5-for-26 career mark at the plate. 

Haren has picked up his share of wins at home, but has given up a sizable 1.43 WHIP and .339 OBP on his hill. Mets mates Marlon Byrd and Daniel Murphy have united to hit 10-for-21 facing Haren, including five extra-base hits. 

Washington has failed to keep any recent momentum going, logging a 0-4 mark in its last four spots that followed a victory. Look for the Nationals to be handed another losing ticket here, while the Mets collect at a plus price. 

MLB Picks:   New York Mets +134 at Bet365
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