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NY Mets vs. Washington, 07/27/2013 15:05
Money Line: +140 NY Mets
SATURDAY'S MLB FREE PICK ---New York Mets +140---
The Mets nearly pulled off the double-header sweep yesterday, as the Nationals needed a walk-off homer by Ryan Zimmerman in the nightcap. Even with the win, the Nationals are just 2-7 over their last nine games and the offense is still in a slump. Washington combined for just 14 hits yesterday and now have a horrific .216 average over their last 7 games and that includes a 14-hit performance against the Pirates on Thursday.
The Mets will send out Dillon Gee against the struggling Dan Haren. When you look at Gee's overall numbers, 7-7 4.07 ERA and 1.398 WHIP, it would appear that this is a pretty even matchup. However, Gee has gone six straight starts without a loss and hasn't surrendered a run in 13 and 2/3 innings, posting an impressive 2.21 ERA over his last 3 starts.
As for Haren, he's in the midst of his worst season of his career. He's just 4-11 with a 5.79 ERA and 1.408 Over 18 starts. Washington has lost each of his last 11 starts. While the offense hasn't helped him out, there's no one to blame but Haren. Opposing offenses are hitting .285 during the losing streak. The Mets offense is averaging 4.4 runs/game and are hitting a respectable .267 as a team during this stretch. It's also worth noting that New York has played their best on the road, where they have 25-24 record (just 46-54 overall).
If that's not enough to convince you to put a small play on the Mets. Gee is 6-1 with a 2.57 ERA over 9 career starts vs the Nationals and Haren is 1-2 with a 5.63 ERA over 7 career starts vs the Mets! BET NEW YORK!