Mets vs. Nationals - 5/19/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Nationals (24-16) at New York Mets (22-17)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Citi Field)
S Strasburg (6-0) (2.95) vs. M Harvey (3-5) (4.93)
The Line: New York Mets +100 / Washington Nationals -110 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
The Washington Nationals and New York Mets play a rubber game Thursday night on the MLB Network.
The Washington Nationals look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Nationals have scored eight runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 12 games. The Washington Nationals offense has been hit or miss this season but they have won 10 of their last 14 games when scoring more than three runs. Daniel Murphy leads Washington with 58 hits, Bryce Harper has 29 RBI and Jayson Werth has six home runs. Stephen Strasburg gets the nod, and he’s 6-0 with a 2.95 ERA and 65 strikeouts this season. Strasburg is 4-3 with a 2.78 ERA and 74 strikeouts in his career against the Mets.
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The New York Mets could use a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Mets have allowed 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last six games. The New York Mets have an ERA of 3.01 and have lost seven straight when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Asdrubal Cabrera leads New York with 40 hits, Yoenis Cespedes has 33 RBI and Neil Walker has 10 home runs. Matt Harvey takes the hill, and he’s 3-5 with a 4.93 ERA and 41 strikeouts this season. Harvey is 3-3 with a 1.77 ERA and 76 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.
The Nationals are 1-4 in their last 5 Thursday games and 21-6 in Strasburgs last 27 starts. The Mets are 5-2 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series and 3-7 in Harveys last 10 starts. The Nationals are 5-1 in Strasburgs last 6 road starts vs. Mets.
Strasburg gives the Nationals the advantage here, as he's looked like the Strasburg of old this season and hasn't lost a game yet. The Mets have been in somewhat of a mini funk as of late. Give me the Nats with the better pitcher on the mound.