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New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals - 4/21/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Nationals (9-5) at New York Mets (8-7)

MLB Baseball: Friday, April 21, 2017 at 7:10 pm (Citi Field)

T Roark (2-0) (3.50) vs. J deGrom (0-0) (1.89)

The Line: New York Mets -135 / Washington Nationals +125 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: WPIX, MASN

Coming up on Friday evening, the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets will be kicking off their three-game MLB series. 

The Nationals just finished a set with the Braves. Washington took the first two games 3-1 and 14-4, then on Thursday completed the sweep 3-2. 

New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals - 4/21/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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For Friday’s game, the Nats will be bringing out RHP Tanner Roark. In eight games at Citi Field, Roark has a 2.08 ERA with a 3-1 record. 

Helping out at the plate, the Nationals have quite a bit of talent. Heading into Thursday Bryce Harper was sitting on 21 hits, 16 runs, six homers and 18 RBI. Daniel Murphy had 21 hits, eight runs and 10 RBI in that span. Harper put up a hit and a run on Thursday, while Ryan Zimmerman snagged a homer with two RBI and two runs. 

Over on the Mets’ side, they just finished up against the Phillies. The two teams split the first pair, then in the rubber match on Thursday the Mets lost 6-4. 

On Friday, New York will rely on Jacob deGrom for the start. Across three games and 19.0 innings, deGrom has a 1.89 ERA and 22 Ks. 

New York’s offense has stumbled a bit this year but they’ve got some interesting players on board. Jay Bruce led the way into Thursday with 17 hits, 11 runs and 14 RBI, while Asdrubal Cabrera was sitting on 17 hits, 10 runs and nine RBI. Cabrera put up two hits and a run on Thursday, while Bruce whiffed 0-for-3 with a run. 

The Nationals are 5-0 in their last five during game one of a series, and 12-5 in their last 17 Friday games. Washington is also 5-1 in their last six overall, and 7-2 in their last nine road games versus a right-handed starter. 

Meanwhile, the Mets are 4-0 in deGrom’s last four Friday starts, and 1-5 in deGrom’s last six starts. New York is also 1-4 in deGrom’s last five starts versus the NL East, and 13-5 in deGrom’s last 18 starts with five days’ rest. 

The Mets haven’t looked so hot lately. Before that Wednesday game where they beat Philly 5-4, New York had scored just two runs in three of their previous four outings. I’m not necessarily crazy about the Nationals right now, but I think Washington has enough juice to make this a game. Still, with DeGrom on the mound it will be tight. Give me the Nationals, though.

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