Mets vs. Nationals MLB Prediction
National League West rivals clash in D.C. on Thursday night when the Nationals host the Mets at 7:09 p.m. ET on ESPN. With Jacob deGrom set to oppose Max Scherzer in this Opening Day matchup, what’s the safest play?
971 New York Mets (-140) at 972 Washington Nationals (+130); o/u 6.5
7:09 p.m. ET, April 1, 2021
VENUE: Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
New York Mets DFS SPIN
Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that the Mets and Francisco Lindor have agreed to terms on a contract extension. Anthony DiComo of MLB.com was first to report that the deal is for 10 years and $341 million. There are no opt outs in the deal and it contains about $50 million in deferrals, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Just after it seemed like negotiations had hit a wall, cooler heads prevail and a deal that always made sense to get done does, in fact, get done. Lindor's contract is for $1 million more than the deal Fernando Tatis Jr. signed last month, which certainly is no accident. It's the third-largest contract in baseball history behind Mike Trout and Mookie Betts.
Washington Nationals DFS SPIN
Juan Soto (calf) took five at-bats in a simulated game on Monday. Soto homered in one of his at-bats and looked "normal" according to manager Davey Martinez. We would be inclined to agree with that assessment. The star slugger exited last Thursday's Grapefruit League game with a tight calf, but he should be ready to go on Opening Day.
Mets vs. Nationals Betting Prediction
The Mets are just 1-5 in their last six games dating back to last season when they’re favored on the road. They’re also winless in their last five games as a favorite and are winless at 0-6 in their last six games when facing a right-handed starter. On the other side, the Nationals are 7-1 in their last eight games as an underdog and are 6-1 in their last seven games as a home dog.
MLB BETTING PREDICTION: WASHINGTON NATIONALS +130