Tanner Roark (3-3, 2.89 ERA) and the Washington Nationals (28-18) square off against Steven Matz (6-1, 2.81 ERA) and the New York Mets (26-19) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the last of a three-game series at Nationals Park. The Nationals won the last game 7-4, and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 1:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 25 and can be seen on MASN and SNY.
Roark pitched 6.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one run, striking out seven and walking two in a 4-1 win over the Marlins. Daniel Murphy (.392, 26 Rs, 7 HRs, 30 RBIs, 1 SB) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. Matz went 7.0 innings, surrendering two runs and striking out eight in a 3-2 win over the Brewers in his last outing. Yoenis Cespedes (.309, 30 Rs, 15 HRs, 36 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Mets, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run.
The odds for Washington and New York are Nationals -108, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 7.5 as of now.
The Nationals lead the season series, 3-2.
Predictions: SU Winner - WAS
The Nationals are 18-12 against their divisional rivals, while the Mets are 11-9 against their division.
The Nationals are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 15 strikeouts. The Mets have a record of 0-2 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Nationals are 4-13. The Mets have a 6-15 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking first in home runs, New York has hit 65 this season. Washington ranks ninth with 55 home runs.
Ranking 26th, New York is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.80 per game. Washington ranks in the bottom half at 19th with 8.22.
Washington and New York both rank in the top half of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Washington sits at 12th with an OPS of .735, and New York ranks 13th with an OPS of .733.
When the Mets allow at least one home run, they are 10-12. When the Nationals allow one or more homers, they have a 16-15 record.