Runs may be hard to come by in this one as Joe Ross (6-4, 3.11 ERA) and the Washington Nationals (44-32) meet Noah Syndergaard (8-2, 2.08 ERA) and the New York Mets (40-34) in the first of a three-game series at Nationals Park. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Monday, Jun. 27 and will air on MASN and SNY.

In his most recent outing, Ross pitched 6.1 innings, allowing two runs, striking out five and walking one in a 4-3 loss to the Dodgers. The Mets were victorious over the Royals 4-3 the last time Syndergaard pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing three runs and striking out four. Neil Walker (.265, 30 Rs, 14 HRs, 30 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run.

The Mets and Nationals are basically a money line pick 'em with both teams lined around -105. The total is just 7 runs.

Pick - Nym

Notes

The Nationals hold a 24-13 record in matchups against NL East rivals, while the Mets currently sit at 16-15 in these games.

The Nationals are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Mets have a 3-10 record when opponents give up one walk or less.

When they are outhit, the Mets are 11-27. The Nationals have an 8-19 record when opponents outhit them.

Both falling in the top 10 of the league based on total home runs this season, Washington ranks sixth with 101 homers and New York is 10th with 96.

Ranking 14th, New York is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 236 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 260.

When the Nationals hit at least one home run, they are 36-16, well-matched with the Mets who are 35-14 when hitting one or more homers.