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Mets at Nationals Pick – April 8th

We took a pretty bad beating last night when we backed the Dodgers against the Giants. The game was a tight and competitive one as I expected it to be, and we were in a great position to win the game in the fourteenth inning. When Logan Forsythe singled in Yasiel Puig in the top of the fourteenth, it looked like we were going to sneak out of town with the win.

The game had been knotted up at four runs apiece since the seventh inning, so runs were pretty hard to come by. Well, that is until Wilmer Font decided to come in out of the Dodgers bullpen and just give the game away. Flores gave up three runs without even recording an out, and the Giants walked it off when Andrew McCutchen blasted a three-run homer.

This Dodger bullpen has been absolutely atrocious so far this season, and L.A. is going to have to figure out how to get guys out late in games or this season is going to go up in flames quickly. Today we will stay in the National League and focus on the game between the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals.

The New York Mets have gotten their brooms out as they are looking for the sweep tonight in game three of a three-game series with the Washington Nationals. The Mets took game one in dominant fashion, 8-2 and followed it up with a 3-2-win last night to take the 2-0 series lead.

The Mets will start Matt Harvey (0-0 0.00 ERA), and the Nationals will counter with Tanner Roark (1-0 1.29 ERA). The Nationals are -162 home favorites. The game total over-under is set at eight runs. First pitch is scheduled for 5:08 PM PST on the Sunday Night Game of the Week.

I came into the season really liking what the Mets had done in the offseason. They put together a solid lineup of both young and veteran guys, and they have a ton of power. Couple that with one of the best starting rotations in the majors, and I expected this Mets team to contend for the playoffs this season. Well, they haven’t disappointed me so far, as they are 6-1, which is the best record in the National League.

The Mets were big underdogs in both games of this series so far and are 2-0 to show for it. They are once again big underdogs tonight as they look for the sweep. The Mets will start Matt Harvey tonight in game three. Matt Harvey is a very polarizing figure in New York. Not long ago, Harvey looked like the savior of this franchise. Then he got injured, showed some immaturity, and damn near got kicked off the team.

Harvey comes into this season finally healthy, and I am very curious to see how well he performs now that he isn’t taking up all the limelight in the Big Apple. That New York media has beaten down many a good athlete, and now that Harvey has taken a backseat to Syndergaard and deGrom, maybe he can fly a little under the radar and recapture that brilliance he showed just a couple of years ago.

Harvey started this season out very well, as he pitched five innings of shutout ball and gave up just one hit against the Phillies in a win. His pitch counted swelled a little bit, and they had him on a tight leash as it was his first start of the season, but it was a vintage Matt Harvey performance. If Harvey is anything close to being that good all year long, this could be a World Series caliber team this year in Queens.

The Nationals will look to salvage game three of the series tonight and will turn to veteran Tanner Roark on the mound. Roark started his season off with a bang as he threw seven innings of one-run ball against the Atlanta Braves and picked up the win.

I mentioned that Harvey won’t get too much of the limelight in New York as he is being overshadowed by some of the other arms in the rotation. Tanner Roark is in a position where many fans might not even know his name! This Nationals team has a nasty rotation that features Steven Strasburg, Max Scherzer, and Gio Gonzalez. Roark tends to be an afterthought when compared to those guys.

Roark struggled through his worst season yet last season. Roark lost eleven games and had the highest ERA of his career at 4.67, almost two full runs higher than the previous season. So, which Roark are we going to get this year? The one that struggled badly last season? Or the one that won sixteen games with an ERA under three the season before?

Only time will tell, but I suspect we will end up with something in between. Roark was never as good as he looked in 2016 nor as bad as he looked in 2017.

I love this Mets team. They stared down Gio Gonzalez and Steven Strasburg in games one and two and now are getting the “softer” matchup tonight against Roark. This team has great bats and a spectacular rotation, and I see them as very real contenders to win their division this year. Sweeping the Nationals in Washington is a really tough thing to do, but that is what I see happening tonight.

I am shocked that this number is so high. I know Harvey has been very inconsistent, but he still passes the eye test and has good stuff. His issues have always been more mental than physical, and if he can get his head right, he has top of the rotation level stuff. The value is just too high tonight to pass up on the Mets as such big underdogs.

Give me the New York Mets getting a great price at +141 tonight!

The Bet: New York Mets +141

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