Stephen Strasburg (14-11, 3.14 ERA) and Matt Harvey (0-0, 0.00 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Washington Nationals (1-1) and the New York Mets (1-1) at Nationals Park. The Nationals won the last game 2-1 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 1:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, Apr. 9 and can be seen on SNY and MASN.
Strasburg is 3-1 with a 2.19 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, and 49 strikeouts against the Mets. Bryce Harper (.571 ) kept up his hot start yesterday, going 2 for 3. Against the Nationals, Harvey is 1-1 with a 1.00 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 35 strikeouts. Travis d'Arnaud (.429 ) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one RBI.
Washington is a -142 favorite against New York and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at six runs. Opposing offenses have been stifled by the Nationals, who have a team ERA of only 0.00. The Nationals are the second-best team in the NL at limiting hits to their opponents, allowing only 5.0 hits per game so far this season.
New York's pitching staff is one of the top in the NL, with a 1.00 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Mets are the best in the NL with an average of 3.0 hits allowed per game.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYM, O/U - Over
The Nationals and the Mets square off with both holding split records of 1-1 against NL East teams.
Washington has lost all of its games (0-1) when leading after 7 innings. However, New York has won all of its games (1-0) when taking a late lead.
After a weak showing last week where they got in six hits, the Mets need to step it up. The Nationals have a record of 1-1 when opponents get six hits or fewer.
The Nationals and the Mets are both 1-0 when they notch more hits than their opponent.
Both falling in the bottom half of the league based on total runs this season, Washington ranks 19th with three runs and New York is 16th with four.
Both Washington and New York are tied at 15th in walks with a total of four this season.