The Mets and Nationals finish up their series this afternoon, and the rubber game of the set finds Washington slightly favored on the MLB odds behind pitcher Jordan Zimmermann.
Finally, the New York Mets proved they can bang the baseball and score some runs. Tuesday's 7-3 victory to level their series with the Washington Nationals was a veritable explosion of offense for the Mets, the seven runs equaling what they had scored in the previous four games combined.
The division rivals will decide matters as far as this series is concerned with a matinee in the nation's capital (12:35 PM ET), the initial mound duel pitting rookie Noah Syndergaard for New York against Washington's Jordan Zimmermann. 5Dimes has the Nats priced at -121, the baseball odds also including a 7 run total which is up half a tick from the start.
Nationals Get Their 1st Look At Syndergaard
New York sends its third consecutive wunderkind to the mound against the Nationals as Syndergaard makes his 13th big league start, and first against Washington. The 22-year-old Texan has battled Jekyll and Hyde syndrome as far as his home/road splits go, struggled a bit early on the road, fashioning a 1.74 ERA at Citi Field while the Mets won five of six and that ERA nearly three runs higher away from New York with his team going 1-5.
Syndergaard's efforts the last two times out away from home have been much better, however, the Mets splitting those contests against two of the better clubs in the National League, St. Louis and Los Angeles. A 3-2 loss to the Cardinals last Friday was his most recent outing, the rookie limiting St. Louis' lineup to five hits and two runs in seven frames.
Zimmermann also got the nod in Washington's first game following the break last Friday, but only worked four innings against the Dodgers due to a delay caused by a lighting snafu at Nationals Park. The Nats won the contest when it resumed on Saturday, their fifth in a row with Zimmermann on the hill. He beat Jacob deGrom and the Mets in his season debut, giving the Nats five wins the last six times Zimmermann has taken on New York.
Umpire Notes, Mother Nature & A Free Pick
Mark Wegner closes out the series behind the plate for Mike Winters' umpire crew, bringing a 9-8 O/U record into the afternoon affair. It's the 17-year veteran's first game under the mask since the all-star break, the last two just prior to the midseason exhibition never making it to the closing totals on baseball betting cards. It's also Wegner's first plate assignment at Nationals Park since last August, a 4-3 Washington win that pushed a 7 run tally.
It's supposed to be a pretty nice afternoon in Washington, the thermometer around 83º for the start and the humidity down a bit under sunny skies. Something in my gut tells me to side with the visitors for my free baseball pick in the series finale.
My pick: Mets +111 at 5Dimes