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The Washington Nationals are set to host their NL East rival New York Mets at Nationals Park. SportsNet New York will be televising the matchup and the game is scheduled to get going at 1:05 p.m. ET.

New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals Odds

New York (receiving -130) is entering this one as the favorite over Washington (+120) and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under for this game at 9 runs. The odds for betting on the game’s total currently stand at +100 for the over and -120 for the under. Bettors can also wager on the game’s runline with the odds sitting at Mets -1.5 runs (+115) and Nationals +1.5 runs (-135).

The Nationals are 17-25 straight up (SU) and 15-26 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 14.8 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 14.4 units ATS. Washington has covered the spread just twice in its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven. On the other hand, the Mets have gone 20-21 SU this year and are 22-18 ATS. In total, the club has lost 4.2 units for bettors taking the moneyline in this young season, but have gained 2.4 units ATS. New York’s covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the under has cashed in four of those seven.

Washington games have a 20-18-3 over/under record so far in 2019. New York has an over/under record of 21-16-3.

Right-hander Zack Wheeler is the projected starter for New York. Wheeler is 3-2 with a 4.35 ERA and 58 strikeouts. He’s 0-1 with nine strikeouts and a 10.24 ERA against Washington this year (two starts).

The Nationals are handing the ball to righty Anibal Sanchez (0-6, 5.27 ERA), who has 39 strikeouts and 24 walks, along with a 1.68 WHIP. Sanchez has yet to face the Mets this year, but he made two starts against them in 2018, posting a 1-0 record with a 4.50 ERA and 11 strikeouts.

Washington’s pitching staff has given up 5.0 runs per game overall in 2019 as a unit. Its starting pitching staff has a 4.03 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 6.15 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and 9.0 K/9. In 19 games against NL East opponents, Nationals starters have an ERA of 3.97 and the bullpen’s ERA is 7.36.

The Washington offense is putting up 4.4 runs per contest, including 5.5 per game against divisional foes and 2.4 per game over its last five. The team has slashed .170/.221/.268 over its last five matchups and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

Outfielders Adam Eaton and Victor Robles have led the Nationals’ offense this year. Eaton is hitting .275/.341/.383 with three home runs, 11 RBIs, 23 runs and five stolen bases, and Robles is hitting .257 with eight homers, 17 RBIs, 28 runs and eight stolen bases.

In the other dugout, New York’s pitching staff allowed 4.9 runs per game and its starters own a 4.45 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 9.54 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 4.56, along with a K/9 of 9.43.

Mets hitters have slashed .247/.328/.398 on their way to 4.6 runs scored per game in 2019, including 5.3 runs per game against divisional foes and 4.8 per game over the team’s last five outings (3-2 SU).

Left fielder Jeff McNeil and shortstop Amed Rosario have led New York’s offense. McNeil is slashing .352/.440/.483 with 51 hits, 14 RBIs and 20 runs scored, while Rosario (.278/.319/.417) is up to 42 hits, 24 RBIs and 13 runs scored.

The Mets have lost 3.4 units and are 16-17 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has hit in 17 of those games, compared to 13 that’ve gone under against righties. On the other hand, the Nationals have lost 10.3 units and are 12-20 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in 16 of those games, compared to 14 that’ve cashed the under.

Mets vs. Nationals Free MLB Tip

Predictions: SU Winner – Mets, ATS Winner – Mets, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • The over has hit in just one of Washington’s last seven games.
  • The Mets have hit 11 home runs in their last 10 games, including eight over their last five.
  • The Mets have an OPS of .726 this season and an OPS of .726 against right-handed pitchers. The Nationals’ OPS sits at .706 overall and .675 against righties.
  • Washington has posted 14.3 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 12.8 over its last five.