Nationals vs. Mets Pick – April 22nd

It was an excellent night in National League action last night with tons of big performances.  Bryce Harper went yard again in a 4-3 win over rival New York.  The win was the Nats fifth straight and Bryce Harper is now hitting .625 with five home runs over the last week and is clearly the early frontrunner to regain his MVP crown from 2015.

Elsewhere, the Cubs pulled on out of a hat last night as Anthony Rizzo hit a three-run, game-tying homerun with two outs in the top of the ninth.  The Cubs went on to score a run on a Kris Bryant sac fly in the 11th to secure the thrilling 6-5 win.  The Diamondbacks used a nine-run eighth inning to turn a 5-4 deficit into a 13-5 romp over rival Los Angeles, and the Colorado Rockies knocked off the Giants in odd fashion; scoring all six runs in the fourth on a Trevor Storey grandslam and a Charlie Blackmon inside-the-park homerun.

But the biggest story of the night was the announcement that Madison Bumgarner is on the 10-day DL after injuring himself in a dirt bike accident (Jeff Kent, anyone??).  The unofficial word is that the Giants cornerstone could miss as much as two months recovering.  An absolutely DISASTROUS blow to a team that is already struggling early.

We took the L last night with Adam Wainwright earning his first win of the season, thanks in no small part to his bat.  The vet allowed just two runs and got both back when he belted a two-run homer.  The loss pulled our record back to even in the season, though thanks to a bevy of good value plays, we are still up on the money-side of the season and looking for a nice weekend.

Today’s MLB Pick:

Washington Nationals +110 at New York Mets -116 (Total: 7.5)
Gio Gonzalez (1-0, 1.33 ERA) vs. Jacob deGrom (0-0, 1.89 ERA)

Game Two of this NL East battle has the makings of quite the pitcher’s duel.  Gio Gonzalez has been excellent so far in 2017, looking more like the 2011-2014 Gio of Cy Young contention than the guy who scuffled to a 4.76 ERA last season.  He has struck out 15 batters in 20 innings and enters today with a 1.13 WHIP.

Opposing Gio is Jacob deGrom, who has yet to earn a win despite entering with a devastating 22/4 strikeout to walk ratio in just 19 innings and a blistering 0.84 WHIP.  His last outing was a 13K, 1 walk masterpiece that was only marred by two solo homeruns by the Marlins.  He will face a good lineup today, but if anyone can cool off Bryce Harper, it is deGrom.

Another check in the “pitcher” column is the injuries in the Mets lineup.  Cespedes is out today, and joining him on the bench are Lucas Duda, and likely Asdrubal Cabrera and Travis D’Arnoud.  Jay Bruce is off to a hot start, but the Mets lineup is far more navigable without Cespedes looming large in the middle of it.

I like both pitchers today at Citi Field and a low-scoring affair.

Today’s MLB Pick:  RUN TOTAL UNDER 7.5


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