The New York Mets will play in two games this week that are on my best MLB bets of the week pick list. On Wednesday, June 29, the Mets start Steven Matz against Washington’s Max Scherzer. Then, on Thursday the Mets send pitcher Jacob DeGrom to the mound to battle John Lackey and the Cubs. My final MLB free pick of the week has the Marlins taking on the Braves on Sunday, July 3.
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A Closer Look At My MLB Free Picks June 28th to July 3rd
New York Mets at Washington Nationals
When: Wednesday, June 29 at 7:00pm ET
TV: ESPN 2
Listed Pitchers: NYM-Steven Matz vs WAS-Max Scherzer
It should be some pitchers’ duel on Wednesday, June 29. The Mets’ Steven Matz is 7-3 with a 3.29 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. Matz has held Washington to a 1.60 ERA. But, Matz revealed this past week that he’s dealing with some soreness in his elbow.
Will that be enough for the Nationals to take advantage? I think so. I also love the fact that Max Scherzer steps to the mound for Washington Wednesday. Scherzer has held the Mets to a .226 batting average from 252 at bats. Washington all the way is my call.
Pick: Washington Nationals
Chicago Cubs at New York Mets
When: Thursday, June 30 at 7:10pm ET
Listed Pitchers: CHIC-John Lackey vs NYM-Jacob DeGrom
The Mets are 0-4 in the last 4 games that Jacob DeGrom has started. DeGrom’s ERA isn’t that bad at 2.96. His WHIP is decent at 1.14. But, for some reason, the Mets don’t step it up when DeGrom takes the mound.
DeGrom has faced Cubs batters 39 times. Chicago has had his number. The Cubs bat .282 versus DeGrom. John Lackey can have a bad game on the mound once in a while but since the Cubs are far and away the best team in baseball, they should continue making things difficult for DeGrom.
Pick: Chicago Cubs
Miami Marlins at Atlanta Braves
When: Sunday, July 3 at 8:00pm ET
Listed Pitchers: MIA-Adam Conley vs ATL-Matt Wisler
Miami’s Adam Conley hasn’t been spectacular so far this MLB season. He has a 4-4 record. His ERA is 3.56. His WHIP is 1.33. Conley faces Atlanta on Sunday, July 3. He’s held the Braves to a .258 batting average.
Usually, that wouldn’t be good enough, but Atlanta starter Matt Wisler hasn’t been any better than Conley. He’s actually been worse. Wisler has a 4.22 ERA. More importantly, his record is 3-7. In 22 at bats versus Wisler, the Marlins have 8 hits. Wisler’s allowed Miami to bat .364. I don’t see that changing on Sunday.
I like Miami to easily win this Sunday battle.
Pick: Miami Marlins