Mets vs Nationals Prediction - MLB Picks 5/14/23

Washington Nationals (16-22) vs New York Mets (19-20)

Game Info: Sunday, May 14, 2023 at 4:35 pm (Nationals Park)

Jake Irvin (1-0) (0.84) vs Max Scherzer (2-2) (5.56)

Betting Odds: Washington Nationals +175 / New York Mets -233 --- Over/Under: 9.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Washington Nationals and the New York Mets will meet in DC to close their three-game set this Sunday from Nationals Park on the MASN. New York took game one in a low-scoring battle, 3-2.

Mets Betting Preview

New York moved to 19-20 after defeating Washington. The Mets got back into the win column last night, and they’ll look to win consecutive games for the first time in over three weeks here. The New York offense is scoring 4.37 runs per game, while batting .236, with a .334 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 4.82 ERA, with a 1.34 WHIP. Brandon Nimmo has multiple hits in four of the last seven games, and he leads the Mets in batting average (.312). Pete Alonso homered twice in the Cincy series this week, and he’s up to team-leads in HR (13) and RBI (31). 

Max Scherzer (2-2, 5.56 ERA, 20 Ks) will take the mound for New York. The veteran pitcher returned after missing two weeks of action to face his former squad in Detroit, and he was uncharacteristically blown up before the fourth inning and allowed six runs. This Sunday spot in DC gives Mad Max another chance to face a former squad, and I think he rebounds with a strong outing. 

Nationals Betting Preview

Washington dropped to 16-22 after losing to New York. The Nationals squandered at the plate last night, and they’ll look for stronger play on Saturday. The Washington offense is scoring 3.42 runs per game, while batting .252, with a .316 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 4.36 ERA, with a 1.40 WHIP. Joey Meneses carries a six-game hit streak into this one, and he leads the Nats in batting at .287. Lane Thomas has recorded a hit in eight of the last ten games, he’s first on the team in RBI (18). 

Jake Irvin (1-0, 0.84 ERA, 8 Ks) will get the call for Washington. The rookie righty pitched well in the Bay last week versus the Giants, striking out five over 6.1 shutout innings of work. There’s hope and optimism that Irvin is ready to turn the corner and contribute to the rotation going forward.

New York vs Washington Trends

New York is 15-24 against the spread this season, with a 16-22-1 O/U record. Washington is 24-14 ATS this year, with a 15-21-1 over/under record.

Corey’s Free Pick

If New York can complete game two, they have a good shot of leaving DC with a sweep here. The Mets will send their ace Max Scherzer to the mound in a place he’s very familiar with, and I think it’ll pay off for them. Back the Mets in game three with Mad Max going, and take the Over for insurance.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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