Jon Niese (2-1, 2.74 ERA) starts for the New York Mets (16-8) as they square off against Gio Gonzalez (1-2, 5.01 ERA) and the Washington Nationals (10-14) in the third of a four-game series at Citi Field. The Mets won the last game 4-0 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 2 and can be seen on MASN and PIX11.
Niese is 3-3 with a 3.41 ERA in his appearances against the Nationals, and goes up against a below-average Washington offense which is batting just .235 this season. Juan Lagares (.305, 13 Rs, 11 RBIs, 1 SB) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. When pitching against the Mets, Gonzalez is 7-4 with a 3.13 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 78 strikeouts.
The odds for New York and Washington are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at seven runs. Within its division, New York has a record of 14-6 SU. The Mets have no trouble scoring as they rank third in the NL in home offense with 5.0 runs per game. Turning to the pitchers, the Mets are the fifth-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.11 so far this season.
The Nationals are 8-9 against teams in their division.
The Mets lead the season series, 3-2.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYM, O/U - Over
The Mets sit at 15-6 against their divisional rivals, while the Nationals are 8-10.
When leading after 7 innings, New York is 10-3, while Washington is 6-7.
The Mets are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Nationals have a 0-4 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Nationals are 2-13. The Mets have a 6-7 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 19th in home runs, New York has hit 17 this season. Washington ranks 11th with 20 home runs.
Ranking 11th, New York is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.83 per game. Washington ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 8.04.
Ranking 21st, New York is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.675). Washington ranks in the bottom half at 20th with an OPS of .677.
When the Nationals allow at least one home run, they are 2-6. When the Mets allow one or more homers, they have an 8-6 record.