Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets - 5/25/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Mets (26-19) at Washington Nationals (28-18)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 1:05 pm (Nationals Park)
Steven Matz (6-1) (2.81) vs. T Roark (3-3) (2.89)
The Line: Washington Nationals -111 / New York Mets +101 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN, SNY
On Wednesday in MLB action at Nationals Park, the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals will be closing out their early-week series.
This will be the third and final game of the set. On Monday in game one, the Mets crushed Washington 7-1. On Tuesday, the Nationals got some revenge with a 7-4 win.
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For Wednesday’s matchup, the Mets will be rolling out left-hander Steven Matz. Over seven starts and a 6-1 record this year, Matz has a 2.81 ERA with a 1.06 WHIP over 41.2 innings. On Friday against the Brewers, Matz logged another win with seven innings of two-run ball.
The Mets have a handful of solid-hitting stars in their order this year. Asdrubal Cabrera has 47 hits with 76 RBI and a .283 BA. Cabrera slapped a solo homer on Tuesday. Yoenis Cespedes has a team-high 15 homers with 36 RBI and 30 runs. Neil Walker isn’t far back on 11 homers with 21 RBI and 20 runs.
The Nationals will be going with right-hander Tanner Roark on Wednesday. In nine starts with a 3-3 record, Roark has posted a 2.89 ERA with a 1.25 WHIP in 56 total innings. On Friday, Roark was pitching well against the Marlins with one earned and seven strikeouts in 6.2 innings.
The Washington hitters are a pretty formidable bunch. Daniel Murphy has been mashing with 67 hits, 26 runs and 30 RBI for a .392 average. Anthony Rendon has 45 hits with 31 runs to his credit. Both Murphy and Rendon hit homers on Tuesday. Bryce Harper has 11 homers with 31 RBI and 28 runs so far, but came up 0-for-3 on Tuesday.
The Mets are 4-1 in Matz’s last five starts in game three of a series, and 6-0 in Matz’s last six starts overall.
As for the Nationals, they’re 13-3 in their last 16 games against a left-handed starter and 1-4 in Roark’s last five starts.
I like Roark this year so far, but I’ve got to go with Matz and the Mets here. New York should close out this series on a high note.