New York Mets (44-59) at Washington Nationals (52-53)
|Date & Time||Wednesday August 1, 2018, 12:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Washington Nationals / New York Mets --- Over/Under:
The New York Mets and the Washington Nationals square off in the finale of their mini two game set from Nationals Park in MLB action on Wednesday.
The New York Mets will look to bounce back after a horrendous start to the two game series, being routed by a final score of 25-4 in game one on Tuesday. Jeff McNeil and Austin Jackson each had a home run and two RBIs, while Michael Conforto and Wilmer Flores each added a double. Kevin Plawecki, Luis Guillorme and Brandon Nimmo each had a base hit as well in the losing effort. Steven Matz took the loss, giving up seven runs on eight hits while failing to make it out of the first inning to fall to 5-9 this season. Noah Syndergaard will get the start in the finale and is 6-1 with a 2.89 ERA and 83 strikeouts this season. In his career, Syndergaard is 3-4 with a 3.38 ERA and 62 strikeouts against Washington.
The Washington Nationals will look to complete the sweep after their blowout in game one on Tuesday. Daniel Murphy led the charge by going 3 for 4 with a pair of home runs and six RBIs, while Anthony Rendon matched the three hits with four RBIs. Ryan Zimmerman, Mark Reynolds and starting pitcher Tanner Roark each had three RBIs as well. Every Nationals player that had an at-bat in the win had a base hit, led by Trea Turner’s four base hits in addition to a pair of stolen bases in the win. Roark picked up the win on the mound as well, giving up just one run on four hits while striking out seven over seven innings of work. Tommy Milone will start game two and is 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA and 6 strikeouts this season. In his career, Milone is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA and 6 strikeouts against the Mets.
New York is 2-6 in their last 8 games against a left-handed starter and 4-9 in their last 13 Wednesday games while the under is 17-8-1 in their last 26 division matchups. Washington is 6-0 in Milone’s last 6 starts and 4-1 in their last 5 home games against a team with a losing record while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 home games. The over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams in Washington.
Syndergaard has won both of his starts since coming off of the DL, including a win over these same Nationals who have been struggling over the last little while and sending Milone to the bump may not help matters. However, even with no line being released (and it may not be out for long before game time) I can’t go against Washington here even with Syndergaard going. The Nationals belted out 25 runs on Tuesday, including 19 unanswered to start the game. Maybe that was a sign that Washington has realized that it’s time to wake up if this team wants to be considered as a contender at the start of September. The Mets are falling apart, injured and just can’t be trusted to win so I have to side with Washington even if it’s more of a fade from the Mets than anything else.