Washington Nationals at New York Mets
|Date & Time||Sunday April 7, 2019, 1:10 PM (EDT)|
New York Mets +125 / Washington Nationals -147
The Washington Nationals and the New York Mets meet in the rubber match of their three game NL East division set from Citi Field in MLB action on Sunday.
The Washington Nationals will look to rebound and win the set after dropping game two on Saturday by a final score of 6-5. Wilmer Difo went 1 for 4 with a two run home run while Anthony Rendon added a double and a solo home run and Ryan Zimmerman chipped in an RBI as well in the losing effort. Adam Eaton went 2 for 4 while Juan Soto chipped in a base hit as well in defeat. Patrick Corbin went six innings, allowing three runs on six hits while striking out nine, not factoring in the decision. Justin Miller received his 1st blown save of the season while Tony Sipp took his first loss of the year. Max Scherzer will start game three and is 0-2 with a 2.13 ERA and 21 strikeouts this season. In his career, Scherzer is 9-5 with a 2.43 ERA and 160 strikeouts against the Mets.
The New York Mets will look to win the series after bouncing back with a win in game two on Saturday. J.D. Davis led the Mets by going 2 for 4 with a pair of solo home runs while Robinson Cano, Michael Conforto and Pete Alonso each had a solo home run in the win with Conforto and Alonso each adding a double as well. Keon Broxton chipped in an RBI to round out New York’s scoring in the win, while Juan Lagares added a pinch hit in the victory. Steven Matz threw five shutout innings, allowing just two hits while walking four and striking out eight. Jeurys Familia got the win to improve to 2-0 while Edwin Diaz picked up his 4th save of the year. Zack Wheeler will start game three and is 0-0 with a 7.20 ERA and 7 strikeouts this season. In his career, Wheeler is 4-8 with a 4.54 ERA and 71 strikeouts against Washington.
Washington is 37-16 in Scherzer’s last 53 road starts and 11-5 in their last 16 road games while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record. New York is 11-3 in Wheeler’s last 14 starts and 7-3 in their last 10 home games while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 division games. Washington is 5-0 in Scherzer’s last 5 road starts against the Mets.
The Nationals haven’t had the greatest run of luck to start the season, and that includes Scherzer who could easily be 2-0 right now if he had gotten some run support out of the gate. The Mets have been the better team offensively and are tempting with plus money at home. However, I think the Nationals are due to finally get their ace a win and the run support is coming out more and more as the Nationals start to get their feet underneath themselves. Wheeler has had issues against the Nationals in his career and already allowed four runs in five innings against Washington in his first start this season. Even on the road, I think laying the juice with Washington is the play here.