Date/Time: September 1st, 8:05 PM ET
Probable Starters: Niese (New York) vs. Ohlendorf (Washington)
Moneyline: Nationals -140
The New York Mets and the Washington Nationals might not have a heck of a lot left to play for this season but pride, but that pride will be on the line on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, as the Mets go for the sweep of the Nats in MLB betting action.
The Metropolitans haven’t had the greatest season, and they are going to be bemoaning the losses of RHP Matt Harvey and RHP Jeremy Hefner for not just the rest of 2013, but for all of 2014 as well in all likelihood. That said, at least they have had a bit of pride in this series, winning as +179 and +165 underdogs against a team that might have been contending for a Wild Card spot had it won the first two games of this series instead. The lone southpaw in the long-term rotation, LHP Jon Niese is going to be dealing on Sunday. On paper, Niese hasn’t had the best season in the world, as he is 6-6 with a 3.69 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. The won/loss record is suspect, the 1.44 WHIP is bad, and the 3.69 ERA seems good, though perhaps a bit more lucky than good. However, this southpaw has been remarkable of late. In his last three starts, he has allowed a total of 14 hits, five walks, and just two runs in 22 innings of work.
Washington’s season is just about said and done with. The team’s two losses in this series were killers, to say the least. Now, the Nationals are 7.5 games back of the NL Wild Card with just 27 games to be played. It’s going to take perhaps a 20-7 run, and maybe even better than that to have a chance to get the job done. In other words, it isn’t going to happen any longer. The back of the pitching staff for Manager Davey Johnson has been a problem all season long. It’s no exception right now, as RHP Ross Ohlendorf is going to be getting the baseball in this one. Ohlendorf has never really been a defined starter in his career for all that long, and this year, he has made just four starts in 12 appearances in the majors. He has a 2.49 ERA this year in the bigs, which is a heck of a lot better than his 7.77 ERA from last season or his 8.15 ERA from the season before. Ohlendorf did get the win in his last start on August 27th against the Miami Marlins, but this is a bit of a different challenge against a team that is actually hitting the ball relatively well at the moment.
Why not continue to back the Mets in this one? We really don’t have any feel for the Nationals right now at the moment, knowing just how badly they have played in the first two games of this series. Go with the visitors for the feel-good sweep to cap off a week that has been a disaster otherwise.
New York Mets @ Washington Nationals Pick: New York Mets +132
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