|Game||Washington Nationals vs New York Mets|
|Date & Time||Thursday March 28, 2019, 1:05 PM (EDT)|
WAS -134 Total 7
NL East Division rivals will clash on Opening Day, when the New York Mets invade the nation’s capital to face the Washington Nationals. The Mets underachieved in manager Mickey Callaway’s first year at the helm and finished eight games below .500 overall. Newly hired GM Brodie Van Wagenen added several high-profile pieces, including 2B Robinson Cano and closer Edwin Diaz, with the expectation for New York to be contenders.
Reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom (10-9 1.70 ERA) will take the mound for the Mets in this matchup. New York rewarded deGrom with a five-year, 137.5 million dollar contract this week.
The Washington Nationals lost OF Bryce Harper to Philadelphia in free agency, but still expect to contend in a highly competitive division. The Nationals won 82 games in 2018 and have reached the postseason in five of the last eight years. Twenty-year OF Juan Soto hit 22 home runs as a rookie and figures to hit fourth in the Washington lineup.
Dominant right-hander Max Scherzer (18-7 2.53 ERA) enters this season as the favorite to dethrone deGrom for the Cy Young Award. Scherzer owns a career 1.10 WHIP and has struck out 2449 batters.
Recent Betting Trends
Mets are 19-7 in deGroms last 26 starts during game 1 of a series.
Nationals are 23-9 in Scherzers last 32 home starts.
Under is 20-6-2 in deGroms last 28 starts overall.
Over is 7-3 in Scherzers last 10 home starts.
Mets are 6-0 in deGroms last 6 road starts vs. Nationals.
New York OF Yoenis Cespedes (heels) played catch on Monday and is not expected to return until midseason. Last season, New York ranked 24th in OPS and 23rd in runs scored. Washington ranked 8th in OPS and runs scored. deGrom was outstanding last season and has owned the Nationals. Take New York to win on Opening Day. Final Score Prediction, New York Mets 4-2.