Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets Free Pick May 19, 2015

Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets Free Pick May 19, 2015


MLB Free Pick May 19, 2016
Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets
Play: Washington Nationals ML (-112)

Write up provided by Jimmy Boyd

Washington is showing great value here as a small road favorite against the Mets on Thursday. The Nationals evened up the series with a 7-1 win yesterday, as they finally got their offense going after scoring just 3 runs in their previous 3 games combined. I look for Washington to build off that win behind another strong outing from ace Stephen Strasburg.

The Nationals are a perfect 8-0 in Strasburg’s 8 starts this season, as he’s compiled a 2.95 ERA and 1.073 WHIP to start 2016. He’s been even better on the road, where his ERA is just 1.67. Strasburg also has a 2.78 ERA and 1.091 WHIP in 9 career starts against the Mets.

New York will counter with Matt Harvey, who unlike Strasburg is off to a miserable start to the season. Harvey is just 3-5 with a 4.93 ERA and 1.532 WHIP over his first 8 starts and just gave up 5 runs on 11 hits in his last outing against the Rockies. The only reason the Nationals aren’t a bigger favorite is because of what Harvey has done in the past.

Mets are just 18-36 in their last 54 when listed as a dog of +100 to +150 and 1-4 in Harvey’s last 5 starts after scoring 2 or less runs in their previous game. Nationals are a dominant 21-6 in Strasburg’s last 27 starts, 7-0 in his last 7 on the road and 8-0 in his last 8 after allowing 2 runs or less in their previous game. Take Washington!

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