New York Mets vs Washington Nationals Prediction, 4/8/2022 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: New York Mets vs Washington Nationals
Date: Friday, April 8, 2022
Location: Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
Odds/Point Spread: New York (-150) Washington (+130)
The Washington Nationals (65-97 last year) are welcoming the New York Mets (77-85 last season) at Nationals Park on Friday. The moneyline on this game has the Mets at -150 while the Nationals are sitting at +130. The over/under comes in at 9.5. The starting pitchers are Max Scherzer and Jon Gray.
New York had a slugging rate of .390 and were rung up 1,392 times, while being walked on 495 occasions. They recorded 604 runs batted in and 1,242 base knocks for the previous season, and their batting average was at .238. The Mets compiled 228 doubles as a unit and smacked 176 balls out of the park. They accumulated 636 runs while holding a team on-base percentage of .314. As a unit, the New York Mets scored 3.9 runs per contest, which ranked them 27th in MLB.
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The Mets had an ERA of 3.90 over the course of the prior season (9th in MLB), and their staff rung up 1,453 hitters. Their K/BB ratio was 3.06 and the pitching staff held a collective WHIP of 1.23. Mets pitchers surrendered 190 long balls and also 668 total runs (9th in MLB). They walked 475 batters and their FIP was 4.03 as a team last year.
The Mets had dispatched 543 relievers to the hill over the course of last season. The relievers inherited 193 base runners for the prior year with 34.2% of those players earned a run for their team. They recorded 41 saves over the course of last season and missed out on 29 of 70 save chances. The Mets relievers earned a save rate of 58.6% and stepped onto the mound in 149 save situations. The relief pitchers notched 77 holds for the prior year (17th in the league). Mets pitchers entered the game with runners on base 132 times and also had 175 games in high leverage situations.
The Mets turned 69.7% of balls hit into play into outs out of 12,414 innings, which had them sitting 16th in baseball. The New York Mets earned a total of 4,138 putouts in the prior season, as well as 1,312 assists and 95 errors. Their fielding percentage was at .983 which had them ranked 25th in the majors, and they twisted 121 double plays.
Scherzer (190-97 career record) has earned a FIP of 3.13 while going up against 10,266 hitters in the majors. He has conceded 2,072 base hits (7.4 hits per 9 innings) with 677 free passes. His earned run average is 3.16 (890 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.084. Scherzer has pitched in 2,536 frames and has racked up 3,020 punch outs in his pro baseball career.
The Washington Nationals had an on-base percentage of .337 as well as a team batting average of .258 last year. They struck out on 1,303 occasions (27th in baseball) and tallied 1,388 hits. Washington tallied 182 home runs for the previous season and 686 RBIs. The Nationals had a team SLG% of .417 and they scored 4.47 runs per outing (16th in the league). They notched 272 doubles, while getting a free base 573 times and recording 724 runs.
The Nationals held a team WHIP of 1.371 in addition to having a FIP of 4.87 as a pitching staff during the previous year. Their K/BB ratio came in at 2.46 (1,346 strikeouts vs 548 bases on balls). They ranked 19th in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits relinquished with 1,364. They conceded 247 homers and they relinquished 5.29 runs per 9 innings (26th in the league). The Washington pitching staff conceded 820 runs in the prior season while holding an ERA of 4.80 (743 earned runs yielded).
Washington had relief pitchers enter the game in 73 save opportunities and they recorded 36 saves. They were ranked 28th in MLB with a save rate of 49.3%, and they sent 569 relievers to the hill last year. Their bullpen pitchers came in 182 times in high leverage situations and on 151 occasions with runners on base. Washington bullpen pitchers held an inherited score rate of 37.2% out of their 226 inherited base runners. With 172 save situations, the Nationals compiled 97 holds and also 37 blown saves.
Out of their 12,549 innings on the field, the Nationals finished with a defensive efficiency of 69.4% (17th in professional baseball). Washington Nationals turned 116 double plays and had a fielding percentage of .983 (23rd in pro baseball). The Nationals had 1,361 assists, 96 errors and accounted for 4,184 putouts for the prior year.
So far in his MLB career, Gray has given up 830 base knocks and he has 849 strikeouts in 829 innings. Gray (53-49 career mark) has a 4.59 earned run average and has given up 9.0 hits per 9 innings. He has allowed 423 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.338 and having a FIP of 3.9. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.03 and he has faced 3,556 batters in his pro baseball career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Washington (+130)
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