New York Mets vs Washington Nationals (Opening Day 2019): Predictions, Odds and Roster Notes

How to Watch

Where: Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.

When: Thursday, March 28th at 1:05 EST

How (TV/Radio): Mets TV: SNY/WPIX, Nationals TV: MASN, Mets Radio: WCBS 880 AM, Nationals Radio: WJFK/106.7 FM

Team Notes

New York Mets

Looking to improve on their disappointing 2018 season, the Mets revamped their front office bringing in former agent Brodie Van Wagenen to take over the GM duties.

Van Wagenen added Robinson Cano and closer Edwin Diaz in a blockbuster trade with Seattle and has elevated top prospects Jeff McNeil and Peter Alonso into the starting lineup.

As a result of the moves, Vegas has given the Mets a win total of 85.5 with 12-1 odds to win the National League and 25-1 to win the World Series.

Washington Nationals

Without Bryce Harper to anchor the Nationals lineup, Washington will rely on one of the best starting rotations in the game. Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin will be a formidable front three.

The Nationals lineup will rely on speed and average to score runs instead of power.

Despite Harper’s subtraction from the roster, Vegas still loves the Nationals. Washington has 6-1 odds to win the National League and 12-1 to win the Series. Their over/under win total for 2019 has been set at 89.

Pitcher Notes

Mets: Jacob deGrom

The best pitcher in National League last season posted a stunning 1.70 ERA and a career-high 269 strikeouts over 217 innings.

On the road in 2018, deGrom allowed a .209 average to opposing hitters.

Right handed batters hit just .168 against deGrom last season as they were baffled by his fastball/slider combination.

  • In 2018, deGrom posted his second straight season of over 200 innings pitched.
  • The Cy Young Winner struckout 11.2 batters per nine innings last season, a career high.
  • Third time through the lineup, deGrom was very impressive, only allowing a .224 average and three homers to 238 batters faced.

Nationals: Max Scherzer

One of the most dependable starters in the past decade, Scherzer has a six-season streak of throwing over 200 innings in a season.

In 2018, Scherzer was runner-up to deGrom in the Cy Young voting but his numbers were easily good enough to win the award, as the power thrower posted 2.53 ERA with 300 strikeouts in 220.2 innings.

  • Scherzer was virtually unhittable for right-handed batters last season, allowing only a .195 average.
  • If there was a red mark on Scherzer’s report card in 2018 it was the 15 home runs he gave up at Nationals Park.
  • Scherzer has posted five straight seasons of 250 strikeouts or better.

Hitter Notes

New York Mets

With the additions of Robinson Cano and top slugging prospect Peter Alonso to the lineup, the Mets offense should be better than the 4.17 runs-per-game they posted last season.

One area the Mets need to improve is with home runs as New York hit just 170 in 2018, 18 below the league average of 186.

  • Michael Conforto has baffled Scherzer going eight for 23 lifetime with four homers.
  • Cano has struggled against Mad Max, with only two hits in 13 lifetime at-bats against the righty.
  • OF Brandon Nimmo is two for 13 against Scherzer.

Washington Nationals

The Nats will rely on youth this season to fill in the gaps left by the departing Harper.

Juan Soto and Victor Robles give Washington one of the most exciting young outfields in MLB.

Hard to see the Nats scoring more than the 4.76 runs-per-game they posted last season, good for 8th in all of baseball.

  • SS Trea Turner has had the most success against deGrom, going seven for 25 with one homer in his career.
  • 3B Anthony Rendon has not been good against the 2018 Cy Young winner with only two hits in 23 at-bats.
  • Leadoff hitter Adam Eaton has enjoyed moderate success against deGrom with four hits in 10 at-bats.

Roster Notes

New York Mets

  • Starting 3B Todd Frazier will be out for opening day with a strained oblique muscle.
  • Free agent pickup 2B Jed Lowrie is also doubtful for opening day with a bad left knee.
  • Top prospect 1B Peter Alonso looks to have won the starting job.

Washington Nationals

  • OF Michael Taylor will miss opening day due to a leg strain.
  • OF Adam Eaton will take RF over in Harper’s absence and lead off for the Nats.
  • New additions Trevor Rosenthal and Kyle Barraclough will work as setup men in the Nats bullpen.

Game Odds

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