In the second of a three-game series between the Washington Nationals (71-66) and the New York Mets (76-61) at Nationals Park, Jordan Zimmermann (12-8, 3.38 ERA) and Matt Harvey (12-7, 2.60 ERA) get the start. The Mets won the last game 8-5 and New York leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sep. 8 and will air on MAS2 and SNY.
In his most recent outing, Zimmermann pitched 6.0 innings, giving up one run, striking out five and walking four in a 15-1 victory over the Braves. Ryan Zimmerman (.249, 43 Rs, 16 HRs, 73 RBIs, 1 SB) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run. The Mets were victorious over the Phillies 9-4 the last time Harvey pitched. He went 6.1 innings, allowing four runs, striking out nine and walking one. Yoenis Cespedes (.298, 93 Rs, 31 HRs, 92 RBIs, 7 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Mets, going 3 for 5 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an even matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is seven runs. Against teams in the NL East, the Nationals have an SU record of 33-21. The most recent 10-game stretch for the Nationals has gone great. Over that span, Washington is averaging 6.5 runs per game, well over their season average of 4.4. Washington's pitchers are doing better against opposing batters during divisional games, only allowing an average of 3.3 runs per game, well under their season average of 4.0. The Nationals are the best in the NL in walks allowed, giving up just 2.2 per game.
Against teams in their division, the Mets are 37-20 SU. New York has been playing better lately, averaging 5.4 runs per game, more than their season average of 4.2. The last 10 games have really brought the worst out of the New York pitchers. They allowed 4.7 runs per game during that span, which is higher than their season average of 3.7. They have a WHIP of 1.18, second best in the MLB. The New York pitching staff has been an intimidating group this year, averaging 8.1 strikeouts per game.
The Mets have mostly come out on top against the Nationals in their previous 14 games this season, earning an 8-6 record. The Nationals will take on a right-hander (Harvey) in this game and have a 53-50 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Zimmermann will take the mound against the Mets, who have a 58-48 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYM, O/U - Over
The Mets hold a 38-20 record in matchups against NL East Division rivals, while the Nationals currently sit at 33-22 in these games.
The Nationals are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Mets have a 25-41 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Nationals are 11-56. The Mets have a 15-50 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling in the top 10 of the league based on total home runs this season, Washington ranks eighth with 149 homers and New York is 10th with 147.
Ranking 11th, New York is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.40 per game. Washington ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 8.51.
Ranking 22nd, New York is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.711). Washington ranks in the top 10 at 10th with an OPS of .733.
The Mets are 36-44 when they allow at least one home run. The Nationals perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 30-41 record.