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New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals - 5/23/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Washington Nationals at New York Mets
Date & Time Thursday May 23, 2019, 12:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Citi Field
New York, New York
The Line
New York Mets +113 / Washington Nationals -123 O/U: 7.5
TV Channel
SNY, MAS2
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The Washington Nationals and the New York Mets will finish up their MLB series on Thursday.

The Mets took the first two editions of this set, 5-3 Monday and 6-5 Tuesday. In the Wednesday matchup, New York shredded six runs in the bottom of the eighth and held on for a 6-1 comeback victory.

For Thursday’s game, the Nationals will be sending out Stephen Strasburg in the start. Across his 65.0 innings and 4-3 mark this year, Strasburg has a 3.32 ERA with 82 Ks and 16 BBs.

Washington put up just three hits on Wednesday. The team’s only run came courtesy of Adam Eaton on a solo homer off deGrom in the first.

Over on the Mets’ side, they’re going with Steven Matz on Thursday. Over his 38.2 innings and 3-3 record so far, Matz has a 3.96 ERA with 38 Ks and 11 BBs.

The Mets roared to life in the eighth inning Wednesday, and would finish with seven hits on the evening. The big hit came from Rajai Davis, who ripped a pinch-hit three-run homer.

The Nationals are 5-0 in their last five Thursday games and 41-14 in Strasburg’s last 55 road starts. Washington is 71-28 in Strasburg’s last 99 starts and 14-6 in his last 20 Thursday starts.

Meanwhile, the Mets are 7-2 in their last nine Thursday games and 5-0 in Matz’s last five home starts. New York is 7-3 in Matz’s last 10 starts and 1-6 in his last seven starts in game four of a series.

Strasburg has been on a nice run lately. He’s got five quality starts in his last six outings, and over his last two he’s put up 14.0 innings with just three earned on eight hits.

As for Matz, he’s given up more than two earned just once in his last three starts, but his last outing in Miami was pretty sketchy (two earned in 3.2 innings on 81 pitches).

Strasburg needs some offensive help here (he got absolutely nothing in two of his last three starts), but assuming that I’m going Nationals here.

Pick:
Washington Nationals -123

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