New York Mets at Washington Nationals: 4/7/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

New York Mets at Washington Nationals: 4/7/22 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Nationals (0-0) vs New York Mets (0-0)

Game Info: Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 4:05 pm (Nationals Park)

Patrick Corbin (0-0) (0.00) vs () ()

Betting Odds: Washington Nationals +157 / New York Mets -172 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The New York Mets and the Washington Nationals will meet in an opening day matchup National League East division matchup from Nationals Park on Thursday Afternoon. The weather is expected to be unfavorable with rain and thunder projected. 

The Mets are expected to contend for the National League East title. They made a big splash in free agency with third baseman Eduardo Escobar, Starling Marte, Max Scherzer and Mark Canha. New York went 77-85 overall and 30-51 in road games last season. The Mets pitching group had a collective 3.90 ERA while averaging 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings last season. 

The Mets were expecting to start either former National, Max Scherzer or Cy Young Award winner, Jacob deGrom. Due to injuries, Tylor Megill is likely to be the starting pitcher for the Mets. He earned a 4.52 ERA with 99 strikes and a 1.28 WHIP in 18 games last season. 

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The Nationals are rebuilding. They have a bright spot in Juan Soto who is just 23 years old  and finished second in the NL MVP. Washington went 65-97 overall and 35-46 at home last season. Last season, the Nationals pitching staff had a collective 4.83 ERA while averaging 8.7 strikeouts per nine innings in the 2021 season.

The Nationals are without Stephen Strasburg and Joe Ross. Patrick Corbin is the likely starting pitcher for the Nationals. He went 9-16 with a 5.82 ERA and allowed a club-record 37 homers last season.

The Nationals are 9-28 in their last 37 vs. National League East and are 6-20 in their last 26 Thursday games. The Nationals are also 6-20 in their last 26 home games. The Mets are 4-1 in their last 5 games as a favorite and are 4-1 in their last 5 road games with the total set at 6.5 or lower.

Although the Mets are without their main pitchers in this one. They should be able to get the win as a lot is expected from them this season. They should look to start this season off on a good note as the Nationals have to find their identity this year. It’s too much to ask for the Nationals to get the win at home but they should keep it respectable as the Mets aren’t in full health.

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Clayton’s Pick Mets -172

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