Date/Time: July 27th, 3:05 PM ET
Probable Starters: Gee (New York) vs. Haren (Washington)
Moneyline: Nationals -145
The New York Mets and the Washington Nationals just split a doubleheader yesterday, and now, they’re going to have to turn right back around on Saturday afternoon at Nationals Park and try to beat the MLB betting lines against each other in what could be a wild game.
Over the course of perhaps the last two months or so, the Mets have changed perception in the public eye. They have somehow evolved from a team that was a bit of a wreck with very little direction to one that was a young, up and coming team. The team actually has a winning record on the road at 25-24, and there is no doubt that this is a very winnable game. We hate to say that Saturday’s pitcher, RHP Dillon Gee is a lot better than his stats say, knowing that in baseball, you are almost always what your stats say you are. However, in this case, we’re going to trust what we see with our eyes. Gee is only 7-7 with a 4.07 ERA this year, but the really alarming stat is his 1.40 WHIP. That said, we love the way that he is keeping the ball down, especially in these recent starts, and he has been turning in strong outing after strong outing for the Metropolitans as a result.
Washington has to get a move on, as it is four-games under .500 and probably has to win at least 40 of its last 58 games to get into the playoffs. The task is a tall one for sure, but it’s not impossible. Games like this one though, really need to be won. The problem is that RHP Dan Haren is on the mound, and that’s not great news at all. Haren has 4-11 record and a 5.79 ERA this year, and he has led Washington to 11 straight losses on the MLB betting lines. The righty is going to need a heck of a lot of help from his offense, something that he just hasn’t gotten during this run of horrid luck, as the team has only scored more than four runs once for him in those 11 games. Haren isn’t going to get a lot of help from his offense either if this keeps up. During the double dip on Friday, Washington only managed to a plate a total of two runs, and that obviously won’t cut it for a man that is struggling so much.
Like we said, Gee just passes the eye test with flying colors to us. We think that he is going to continue to keep the Washington batters off balance, and if that remains the case, there is no reason not to think that the Mets can’t pull off the upset.
New York Mets @ Washington Nationals Pick: New York Mets +138
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