2008 Season MLB Baseball Past Picks
September 18, 2008
New York at Washington
Thursday 09/18 07:10 PM Eastern
3 units on Washington +183 (moneyline) (risk 3 to return 3) RESULT: LOSS
The Mets’ bullpen is in shambles. They have already blown 27 saves on the season and leading 8-2 last night, they needed eight relievers to hold off the Nats, winning 9-7. Johan Santana has been robbed of six wins this season, because the bullpen could not close the game. It has lead to him throwing more pitches (112.5 avg in his last six), than Mets’ ownership would like to see, and may start costing him down the stretch. The high pitch count still hasn't gotten him past the seventh inning in any of the games and he has left to a no decision in three of them. Tim Redding has started 19 games in which he allowed three or less runs, and the Nats have won four of his last five starts. The Mets fell apart last year and show signs of doing so again - blowing a four-game lead in just a week, and their pen can't be trusted. The value is on the Nats here.