Washington Nationals (6-7) at New York Mets (7-11)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 1:10 pm (Citi Field)
Austin Voth (0-1) (1.80) vs. David Peterson (2-1) (3.78)
The Line: New York Mets +100 / Washington Nationals -110 --- Over/Under: 9 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Washington Nationals and the New York Mets meet Thursday in MLB action from Citi Field.
This will be the final installment of a four-game set between these teams this week. Washington took the first pair, 16-4 on Monday and 2-1 on Tuesday. In the Wednesday game three, the Mets finally got one with an 11-6 win. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The Nationals were out-hit 13-10 in the Wednesday loss, and jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the top of the first. The runs sputtered in after that, despite solid offensive performances from Juan Soto (two homers; four RBI) and Starlin Castro (homer; two hits). Starter Anibal Sanchez went 2.2 innings with five earned on six hits.
For the Thursday start, the Nationals will send Austin Voth to the mound. So far in 2020, Voth is 0-1 with a 1.80 ERA and seven Ks in 10.0 innings over two starts. In his career, Voth is 3-3 with a 3.68 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 66.0 innings.
Over on the Mets’ side, things didn’t start out well with Robert Gsellman beginning the game; he gave up three earned on four hits in 2.0 innings. The New York bullpen held together after that however, and they were able to hang on for a much-needed win. Pete Alonso had a homer, three RBI and three runs, and Brandon Nimmo had two runs, a homer and three hits.
For the Thursday starting role, New York will go with David Peterson. This is the 24-year-old Peterson’s first year of MLB action. So far across three starts he’s got a 2-1 record with a 3.78 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 16.2 innings.
The Nationals are 5-1 in their last six during game four of a series and 63-28 in their last 91 games as a favorite. Washington is 23-8 in their last 31 games versus a left-handed starter and the under is 7-2 in their last nine games as a favorite.
Meanwhile, the Mets are 21-51 in their last 72 games as a home underdog and 3-7 in their last 10 during game four of a series. The under is 4-1 in the Mets’ last five Thursday games and 18-7-2 in their last 27 during game four of a series.
Pick: I’m leaning Mets. This is a pretty intriguing starting pitching matchup. Voth managed a nice start versus the Orioles on Saturday, going five scoreless and striking out five. As for Peterson, he’s making a solid case for remaining in the New York rotation and has performed admirably with Marcus Stroman and Michael Wacha shelved. I like Peterson to post another good start here and give the Mets a shot.