Mets vs. Nationals Prediction
National League East rivals clash in Washington, D.C. on Opening Day when the Nationals host the Mets at 1:05 p.m. ET. Will this matchup turn out to be the pitcher’s duel that everyone expects?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Thursday, March 28, 2019
1:05 p.m. ET, Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
TV: SNY (Mets); MASN (Nationals)
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Nationals as a -132 favorite while the Mets are listed as +110 money line underdogs. As of this writing, 55% of betting tickets are on the Nationals to win outright. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.
New York Mets Fantasy Spin
Jacob deGrom dazzled in his final Grapefruit League tuneup on Saturday, twirling three innings of perfect baseball against the Braves. The reigning National League Cy Young award winner struck out five of the nine batters that he faced in this one. He finishes the spring with a 3.00 ERA and 20/2 K/BB ratio over 17 innings. He's set to do battle against Max Scherzer and the Nationals in Washington on Opening Day on Thursday.
Washington Nationals Fantasy Spin
Max Scherzer allowed three runs over seven innings and struck out 12 as the Nationals and Marlins played to a 5-5 tie on Friday. Isaac Galloway homered off former Marlin Kyle Barraclough in the bottom of the ninth to cause the draw. Scherzer gave up 10 hits over the seven innings. That's more than he had allowed in any of his last 104 regular-season starts dating back to Sept. 2, 2015, so you should probably just drop him now if you had the misfortune to draft him.
MLB Betting Trends
The Mets are a perfect 6-0 in deGrom’s last six road starts against the Nationals.
The Nationals have lost four of Scherzer’s last five home starts against the Mets.
The two most talented pitchers taking the mound in the early MLB slate are both pitching in the same game. deGrom has been dominant against the Nationals throughout his career and is coming off a Cy Young campaign in which he posted a 32% strikeout rate and a 6% walk rate. On the other side, Scherzer owned a strikeout rate of 35% and faces a Mets’ lineup that struggled against right-handed pitching last season. The under is 20-6-2 in deGrom’s last 28 starts.
The Pick: Mets/Nationals under 6.5