New York Mets (1-0) at Washington Nationals (0-1)
|Date & Time||Thursday April 9, 2015, 1:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Washington Nationals -142 / New York Mets +132 --- Over/Under: 6.5
The New York Mets and Washington Nationals meet Thursday afternoon in a rubber game.
The New York Mets lost 2-1 on Wednesday, as they continue their struggling scoring ways to begin the season. Travis d'Arnaud and Lucas Duda are the only New York players with more than one hit and Juan Lagares leads the team with three strikeouts. The good news for the Mets is that their pitching staff has allowed just three runs in their first two games and has a combined 18 strikeouts. The New York Mets are off to a solid start to the season and would love nothing more than to win the first series against the NL East favorites. Matt Harvey gets the ball, and he was 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA and 191 strikeouts in 2013. Harvey is 1-1 with a 1.00 ERA and 25 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.
The Washington Nationals picked up their first win of the season and look for an offensive boost. Bryce Harper has been red hot, as he has four hits in seven at bats and has seven total bases. Ryan Zimmerman is coming off his first homer on Wednesday despite striking out four times. Harper and Zimmerman are the only Washington players with an RBI so far. The Washington Nationals pitching staff has held up well in this series, striking out 15 batters and allowing four runs. Stephen Strasburg takes the hill, and he was 14-11 with a 3.14 ERA and 242 strikeouts last season. Strasburg is 3-1 with a 2.19 ERA and 49 strikeouts in his career against the Mets.
The Mets are 5-1 in their last 6 road games vs. a right-handed starter and 1-5 in Harveys last 6 starts. The Nationals are 13-4 in their last 17 vs. National League East and 7-3 in Strasburgs last 10 starts. The Nationals are 5-1 in Strasburgs last 6 starts vs. Mets.
Strasburg has owned the Mets throughout his career and should be able to do much of the same against a Mets lineup that's struggling out of the gate. Take the home team for the win.