Prepare for a low-scoring pitchers’ duel when the Washington Nationals take on the Mets in New York. If you were to ask most Major League general managers which young pitchers they would want to build a pitching rotation around, the names Stephen Strasburg and Matt Harvey would come up. Though he had a hiccup in Cincinnati on 7 April, giving up six runs in 5 1/3 innings to the Reds, Strasburg has sandwiched that mishap with two stellar outings, allowing zero earned runs in thirteen innings. He has a career 2.94 ERA, but has particularly thrived when on the road against the Mets: in two starts at Citi Field, Strasburg is 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA.
The Mets’ Harvey might not be as big a name as Strasburg, but he is every bit as formidable. He’s dominated in his three appearances this year, throwing twenty-two innings and allowing just two runs. He’s also struck out twenty-five in that stretch. This game will be great to watch from a pitching standpoint so bet on the total run count coming in below 6.5 at 1.78.
The Rockies are well positioned to roll over the Arizona Diamondbacks when the two clubs meet in Colorado. The Rockies have been an early season surprise, in large part thanks to their pitching, which has been much better than expected. Colorado’s ace, Jhoulys Chacin, will get the start in this one and has been the starting staff’s biggest shining light. With a 1.96 ERA and a 2-0 record, he’s thrown well in all three of his appearances. While he hasn’t gone deep into games, Chacin can breath easy with a bullpen that has posted a solid 3.78 ERA.
More than anything, Colorado are aided by the fact they’re playing at home. Not only has the team pitched surprising well at the offense-friendly Coors Field (2.93 ERA compared to a 4.92 ERA away), but they’ve also swung the bats incredibly well there, posting a fantastic .322 batting average. The D-Backs are a worthy opponent, but Ian Kennedy is still working out the kinks, as evidenced by his 5.79 ERA over three starts. Take the hometown Rockies at 1.72.