Nationals Trying To Get Back To Winning Ways Against The Mets

Nationals vs Mets Series

The Washington Nationals were 7-2 on their recent west coast road trip, but failed to capitalize on the momentum when they returned home, losing five of their last seven games.

The Mets, who have won four of their last five games will be trying to reduce Washington’s nine game lead in the NL East. The game will be played on Thursday at Citi Field Park, and is scheduled to begin at 7:10 PM. ET.

Washington Nationals vs New York Mets

  • When: Thursday, June 15, 2017, 7:10 PM ET
  • Where: Citi Field
  • Moneyline: Nationals -114 vs Mets +104 Over/Under: 9

Nationals Analysis

The Nationals have been one of the best teams in baseball for most of the season, and jumped out to a big lead in the N L East. A lot of the team’s success is due to the starting rotation and batters like Bryce Harper.

However, their biggest problem this season has been their bullpen, which has blown a lot of leads for the team and cost them some games.

After losing two of three games against the Atlanta Braves, the Nationals will have a tough time on their hands against a Mets team that has been playing very well lately.

Scoring runs shouldn’t be a problem for this team since they are the best hitting team in the NL and are tied for the second most runs. However, if the team can’t get some quality innings from their bullpen, the Nationals will have a tough time winning this series.

Starting Pitcher Analysis

The Nationals will start Gio Gonzalez in the first game of the series. In 13 starts this season, Gonzalez is 5-1 with a 2.91 ERA, and has been one of the most consistent starters on the team. Gonzalez has allowed six earned runs in his last three starts and hasn’t lost a decision since May 8.

Nationals Trends

  • Washington is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Washington is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Washington's last 10 games

Mets Analysis

The Mets were one of the biggest disappointments at the start of the season, but it appears the team is gradually turning things around.

The Mets have an opportunity to cut the Nationals’ lead in the division standings, and with the way Washington is playing right now, should be able to take advantage and win the series.

Like the Nationals, the Mets also have problem holding on to leads thanks to their bullpen, and the team also has a knack for losing games they are expected to win.

With their division rivals in town, expect the Mets to be ready for whatever the Nationals throw at them.

Starting Pitcher Analysis

The Mets are expected to give Steven Matz the start against Washington. In his only start of the season, Matz pitched seven innings, allowing five hits and one run.

The team is hoping for a similar performance against Washington when he takes the mound on Thursday.

Mats went 1-1 against the Nationals last year with a 1.80 ERA. If the Mets can give him some run support, he should be able to help them get the win.

Mets Trends

  • NY Mets is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • NY Mets is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of NY Mets's last 8 games

Pick and Prediction: The Mets are playing much better than the Nationals right now, and will be at home. Scoring runs against Gonzalez will be difficult, but I expect the Mets to come out on top in this NL East matchup.

 
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