New York Mets at Washington Nationals
|Date & Time||Sunday March 31, 2019, 1:35 PM (EDT)|
Washington Nationals -132 / New York Mets +122 -- O/U: 7.5
The New York Mets and the Washington Nationals meet in the finale of their three game NL East division set in MLB action from Nationals Park on Sunday.
The New York Mets will look to complete the sweep of the Nats after picking up an 11-8 victory over Washington on Saturday. Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Wilson Ramos, Pete Alonso and J.D. Davis each had two RBIs, with McNeil going 4 for 5 with a triple and a double while Ramos had a double and Alonso had two two-baggers of his own. Michael Conforto went 2 for 5 hile Amed Rosario added a base knock of his own in the winning effort for the Mets. Noah Syndergaard went six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits while striking out seven, not factoring in the decision. Justin Wilson got the win while Edwin Diaz picked up his 2nd save of the season. Zack Wheeler will start game three and was 12-7 with a 3.31 ERA and 179 strikeouts last season. In his career, Wheeler is 4-8 with a 4.37 ERA and 64 strikeouts against Washington.
The Washington Nationals will look to salvage a victory after dropping the first two games of the series following Saturday’s loss. Ryan Zimmerman led the Nationals with three RBIs while Juan Soto went 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs. Victor Robles hit a solo home run while Anthony Rendon went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI and Kurt Suzuki added an RBI of his own to round out Washington’s scoring in the losing effort. Trea Turner added a double as well to cap off Washington’s offense as a team in the defeat. Stephen Strasburg gave. Up four runs on seven hits while striking out eight over six innings of work. Trevor Rosenthal took the loss, failing to record an out while allowing four runs on three hits to fall to 0-1. Patrick Corbin will start game three and was 11-7 with a 3.15 ERA and 246 strikeouts for Arizona last season. In his career, Corbin is 1-4 with a 5.10 ERA and 42 strikeouts against the Mets.
New York is 7-0 in Wheeler’s last 7 division starts and 11-2 in Wheeler’s last 13 starts overall while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. Washington is 2-5 in their last 7 Sunday games and 0-4 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600 while the over is 18-7-1 in their last 26 home games. New York is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
We’ve cashed twice with the Mets in an underdog role twice already this series, why not try once more. Corbin will be eager to prove he’s worth the big deal that the Nationals offered him in the offseason, but he’s still had issues against the Mets in his career, and in my opinion New York has only gotten better since then. Wheeler has had issues of his own against Washington but he threw seven shutout innings in his last start against Washington last season and I think with a potent lineup behind him, Wheeler can get the job done against a Washington team that’s struggling to find an identity right now.