New York Mets vs Washington Nationals Prediction, 4/7/2022 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: New York Mets vs Washington Nationals
Date: Thursday, April 7, 2022
Location: Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
Odds/Point Spread: New York (-175) Washington (+155)
The New York Mets (77-85 last season) are en route to Nationals Park on Thursday where they will take on the Washington Nationals (65-97 last year). The line on this contest has New York at -175 while Washington is priced at +155. The total has been set at 8. The men taking the mound will be Max Scherzer and Patrick Corbin.
The Mets accrued 228 doubles as a squad and hit 176 baseballs out of the park. New York owned a slugging percentage of .390 and were called out on strikes 1,392 times, while taking a walk on 495 occasions. As a team, the New York Mets scored 3.9 runs per game, which ranked them 27th in the league. They had 604 runs batted in as well as 1,242 base knocks over the course of the prior season, and their team batting average sat at .238. They earned 636 runs and held an on-base percentage of .314.
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The Mets finished with a team earned run average of 3.90 for the prior year (9th in baseball), and their staff struck out 1,453 batters. They had a K/BB ratio of 3.06 and the pitching staff recorded a WHIP of 1.23. Mets pitchers allowed 190 long balls and 668 total runs (9th in the league). They walked 475 opposing hitters and their FIP finished at 4.03 as a squad over the course of the prior season.
The Mets relievers compiled a save rate of 58.6% and entered the game in 149 save situations. The relief pitchers inherited 193 runners during the previous year and 34.2% of those players earned a run for their team. Mets bullpen pitchers stepped onto the hill with runners on base 132 times and also had 175 contests in high leverage situations. The Mets dispatched 543 relief pitchers to the mound over the course of last year. The relief pitchers notched 77 holds last season (17th in the league). They compiled 41 saves in the previous season and missed out on 29 of 70 chances to get a save.
The Mets converted 69.7% of balls hit into play into outs out of their 12,414 innings on the field, which ranked them 16th in the majors. The New York Mets earned a total of 4,138 putouts over the course of last season, as well as 1,312 assists and 95 errors. Their fielding percentage finished at .983 which had them ranked 25th in MLB, and they twisted 121 double plays.
Scherzer has pitched in 2,536 innings and has accounted for 3,020 strikeouts during his pro baseball career. Scherzer (190-97 career record) has earned a FIP of 3.13 while he has gone up against 10,266 opposing batters in the major leagues. His ERA is 3.16 (890 ER's allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.084. He has surrendered 2,072 hits (7.4 hits per 9 innings) and has had 677 free passes.
Washington had a total of 182 home runs over the course of last season in addition to 686 RBIs. They recorded 272 two-baggers, while getting a free base 573 times and scoring 724 runs. The Washington Nationals held a team OBP of .337 as well as a team batting average of .258 for the prior year. The Nationals had a team slugging % of .417 and they were earning 4.47 runs per game (16th in the league). They struck out on 1,303 occasions (27th in the league) and accounted for 1,388 base hits.
The Nationals had a WHIP of 1.371 and were the owners of a FIP of 4.87 as a staff last year. They were sitting at 19th in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits allowed with 1,364. The Washington pitching staff relinquished 820 runs in the previous season while holding an ERA of 4.80 (743 earned runs given up). Their K/BB ratio sat at 2.46 (1,346 strikeouts vs 548 walks). They conceded 247 dingers and they allowed 5.29 runs per 9 innings (26th in baseball).
Washington relievers held an inherited score rate of 37.2% out of 226 inherited base runners. Their relief pitchers took the field 182 times in high leverage situations and also on 151 occasions with base runners. Wrapping up the year with 172 save situations, the Nationals earned 97 holds in addition to 37 blown saves. They were sitting at 28th in baseball holding a save percentage of 49.3%, and they sent 569 bullpen pitchers onto the field last year. Washington called on bullpen pitchers to step onto the mound in 73 save opportunities and they came away with 36 saves.
Washington Nationals turned 116 double plays and held a fielding percentage of .983 (23rd in MLB). The Nationals accrued 1,361 assists, 96 errors and accumulated 4,184 putouts last season. In their 12,549 innings played, the Nationals earned a efficiency on defense of 69.4% (17th in pro baseball).
In his career, Corbin has allowed 1,390 hits while totaling 1,338 K's in 1,385 innings pitched. He has conceded 629 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.306 and a FIP of 3.9. His K/BB ratio is 3.19 and he has gone up against 5,879 opposing hitters in his career. Corbin (81-84 career record) holds a 4.09 earned run average and has allowed 9.0 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take New York (-175)
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