The Washington Nationals are playing host to their divisional rival New York Mets at Nationals Park. The first pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. ET and Mid-Atlantic Sports Network is in line to televise the matchup.
New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals Odds
New York (+160) is entering this game as the underdog to Washington (-170) and Vegas has set the Over/Under for this one at 9 runs. The odds for betting on the game’s total stand at +100 for the under and -120 for the over. Bettors can also wager on the game’s runline with the odds standing at -135 for the Mets +1.5 runs and +115 for the Nationals -1.5 runs.
The Mets are 72-82 SU and are 76-76 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 10.8 units for moneyline bettors and 6.8 units ATS. New York has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven. The Nationals, on the other hand, are 77-77 SU and 72-81 ATS. They’ve lost 26.0 units for moneyline bettors and 12.9 units ATS. Washington has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven.
Washington games have an over/under record of 71-79-3 in 2018. Mets games have gone under 76 times, gone over 67 times and pushed on nine occasions.
Corey Oswalt will get the nod for the Mets. Oswalt (3-2, 6.31 ERA) has recorded 37 punchouts in 55.2 innings so far. He’s 0-0 with a 10.50 ERA against Washington this year.
The Nationals will turn to righty Tanner Roark (9-15, 4.34 ERA) to the mound. Roark has 146 strikeouts and 50 walks to his name, as well as a 1.28 WHIP. Roark is 1-2 with 34 strikeouts and a 3.90 ERA across five starts against New York this year.
As a unit, Washington’s pitching staff has yielded 4.2 runs per game overall this season. Its starting pitching staff has a 4.05 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 9.0 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.93 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 8.5 K/9. In 71 divisional games, Nationals starters have an ERA of 4.28 and the bullpen’s ERA is 4.21.
Washington’s hitters are putting up 4.7 runs per outing, including 5.3 per game against divisional foes and 4.2 per game over their last five. The team’s hit .237/.332/.350 over its last five matchups and is 2-3 SU during that span.
Shortstop Trea Turner and third baseman Anthony Rendon have led the Nationals’ hitters this year. Turner is slashing .268/.339/.403 with 17 home runs, 65 RBIs, 97 runs and 40 stolen bases, and Rendon is batting .305 with 22 homers, 83 RBIs and 83 runs scored.
In the other dugout, New York’s pitchers have allowed 4.4 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.68 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 9.19 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 4.94, along with a K-per-9 of 8.51.
Mets hitters have slashed .236/.314/.393 on their way to 4.3 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.2 runs per game against divisional foes and 4.0 per game over the team’s last five contests (3-2 SU).
Shortstop Amed Rosario and right fielder Michael Conforto have led New York’s hitters. The speedy Rosario is hitting .262/.299/.394 with nine home runs, 49 RBIs, 74 runs and 21 stolen bases, while Conforto is hitting .240/.346/.442 with 27 homers, 77 RBIs and 74 runs scored.
The Mets have lost 3.7 units and are 56-55 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has hit in 51 of those games, compared to 54 that’ve hit the under against y starters.
New York Mets at Washington Nationals Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Nationals, ATS Winner – Mets, O/U – OVER