Mets vs. Nationals Prediction and Odds for Tuesday, August 2 (The King is Back)

Jacob deGrom makes his first start of 2022 today after compiling a 1.08 ERA in 2021
Jacob deGrom makes his first start of 2022 today after compiling a 1.08 ERA in 2021 / Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports


I was introduced to MLB betting thanks to deGrom, who holds a very special place in my heart. My friends and I used to bet the first five innings under every time he started. It nearly always cashed, and I was hooked for life. Thank you Jacob - I'm so glad you're back.

Just in case you forgot what kind of generational superhero mega-talent star we're talking about, here's deGrom's MLB Statcast Pitching Profile through 15 starts last year before getting hurt:

The King is back, baby! Let's get into the consensus odds before I wax poetic some more about my favorite pitcher in MLB history:

Mets vs Nationals Odds, Run Line and Total

Run Line:

  • Mets -1.5 (-160)
  • Nationals +1.5 (+132)


  • Mets: -290
  • Nationals: +232


  • 8.5 (Over -112/Under -110)

Mets vs Nationals Prediction and Pick

Look at that smile from deGawd, well aware he's about to incinerate opponents and leave them more confused than me trying to read Ikea instructions.

This feels like Christmas. I don't even care who he's facing or what starter opposes him (the Washington Nationals and someone named Cory Abbot), Jacob deGrom is back in our lives and I'm celebrating.

So that you understand how amazing this guy is, I also want to show you his MLB Statcast Pitching Profile from 2019:

I can't help myself. Here's 2018 too:

And finally, here's deGrom striking out 15 batters in a complete game shutout the last time he faced the Nationals:

Good googley moogley, I'm excited. Do you have goosebumps too?

I'm taking every deGrom prop I can and backing the Mets on the run line. The best pitcher we've ever seen returns to action today - it's party time.

Pick: Mets -1.5 (-160), Jacob deGrom Over Strikeouts and Washington Nationals Team Total Under

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