New York Mets vs Washington Nationals Prediction, 4/9/2022 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: New York Mets vs Washington Nationals
Date: Saturday, April 9, 2022
Location: Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
Odds/Point Spread: New York (-140) Washington (+120)
The New York Mets (77-85 last season) are on their way to Nationals Park on Saturday where they will meet the Washington Nationals (65-97 last year). The moneyline on this matchup has New York at -140 and Washington is opening at +120. The over/under comes in at 10. The starting pitchers are Chris Bassitt and Anibal Sanchez.
As a squad, the New York Mets put up 3.9 runs per game, which had them at 27th in baseball. They earned 636 runs scored while holding a team on-base percentage of .314. The Mets earned 228 two-baggers as a team and hit 176 baseballs out of the stadium. They recorded 604 runs batted in as well as 1,242 hits over the course of last year, while their team batting average finished at .238. New York had a slugging percentage of .390 and were called out on strikes 1,392 times, while being walked on 495 occasions.
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Mets pitchers relinquished 190 home runs in addition to 668 runs in total (9th in the league). Their pitching staff walked 475 opposing batters and their FIP came in at 4.03 as a unit for the prior year. Their strikeout to walk ratio was 3.06 and their pitching staff had a collective WHIP of 1.23. The Mets finished with a team ERA of 3.90 last season (9th in baseball), and their staff struck out 1,453 hitters.
The Mets had sent 543 relievers to the mound last season. The relief pitchers inherited 193 runners over the course of the prior season and 34.2% of those runners crossed the plate. They accumulated 41 saves in the previous season and blew 29 out of their 70 chances to get a save. The Mets relief pitchers had a save percentage of 58.6% and came into the game in 149 save situations. The relief pitchers had 77 holds during the previous year (17th in MLB). Mets relief pitchers entered the contest with players on base 132 times in addition to having 175 outings in high leverage situations.
The Mets converted 69.7% of balls hit into play into outs out of 12,414 innings on the diamond, which had them ranked 16th in the majors. The New York Mets accounted for 4,138 putouts last year, in addition to 1,312 assists and 95 errors. Their fielding rate was at .983 which had them ranked 25th in the majors, and accumulated 121 double plays.
Bassitt has taken the ball for 555 innings and is sitting with 504 strikeouts so far in his career. His earned run average is 3.47 (214 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.213. He has surrendered 495 base knocks (8.0 hits per nine innings) and has had 179 walks. Bassitt (31-25 career win-loss mark) holds a FIP of 3.86 while he has gone up against 2,345 opposing hitters during his time in the majors.
Washington accounted for 182 HRs in the prior season in addition to 686 RBIs. They hit 272 doubles, while walking 573 times and earning 724 runs. The Washington Nationals had an on-base percentage of .337 and a batting average of .258 over the course of the prior season. The Nationals had a slugging percentage of .417 and they were scoring 4.47 runs per game (16th in baseball). They struck out on 1,303 occasions (27th in the league) and totaled 1,388 base hits.
The Washington pitching staff allowed 820 runs over the course of the prior season while holding a team ERA of 4.80 (743 earned runs surrendered). They surrendered 247 home runs and they allowed 5.29 runs per 9 innings (26th in MLB). The Nationals had a team WHIP of 1.371 and had a FIP of 4.87 as a staff for the prior year. Their K/BB ratio came in at 2.46 (1,346 strikeouts against 548 free passes). They had a ranking of 19th in the league as a staff in total hits relinquished with 1,364.
Washington called on bullpen pitchers to enter the contest in 73 save opportunities and they converted 36 saves. They were ranked 28th in the league holding a save percentage of 49.3%, and they dispatched 569 relievers to the hill last year. Their relief pitchers stepped onto the mound 182 times in high leverage situations and on 151 occasions with runners on. Washington relief pitchers had an inherited score percentage of 37.2% out of 226 inherited runners. With 172 save situations, the Nationals tallied 97 holds and also 37 blown saves.
In 12,549 innings played, the Nationals had a defensive efficiency of 69.4% (17th in MLB). Washington Nationals turned 116 double plays and had a fielding percentage of .983 (23rd in MLB). The Nationals accrued 1,361 assists, 96 errors and earned a total of 4,184 putouts for the previous season.
Sanchez (112-113 career record) is the owner of a 4.05 earned run average and has conceded 8.8 hits per nine innings. His K/BB ratio is 2.64 and he has gone up against 8,315 batters in his MLB career. He has allowed a total of 877 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.313 and a FIP of 3.9. So far in his MLB career, Sanchez has conceded 1,905 base knocks while totaling 1,726 strikeouts in 1,948 frames.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take New York (-140)
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