A win in April counts just as much in the standings as a win in September.
Both the Mets and Nationals are off to good starts and – yes it’s really, really early – they could be fighting for the division, especially if the Amazin’s pitching holds up.
Okay, maybe we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Onto today’s baseball.
New York Mets (+126) @ Washington Nationals (-140) | O/U: 7
1:05 p.m. ET
Jacob deGrom (1-0, 1.59 ERA) vs. Stephen Strasburg (1-0, 1.42 ERA)
Rivals: While many pitchers tend to perform better against non-division opponents vs. hitters they rarely see, both Strasburg and deGrom have thrived within their division. Since 2014, Strasburg has the fourth-best cumulative DraftKings +/- against divisional opponents and deGrom has the ninth-best. DeGrom has averaged 1.35 more points per game vs. NL East teams while Strasburg is a tick away from 2 points more per game. Expect the pitcher’s duel to live up to the hype. – Mark Gallant
Weird, But True: As a favorite against the Mets, Strasburg is 9-0 straight-up in May-September starts but 2-3 in April. – John Ewing
Stopper: Strasburg is 5-0 on the moneyline (+3.3 units) dating back to last season when starting for the Nationals after a team loss during the regular season. – Evan Abrams