Stephen Strasburg (7-0, 2.80 ERA) and Matt Harvey (3-6, 5.77 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Washington Nationals (27-18) and the New York Mets (26-18) at Nationals Park. The Mets won the last game 7-1, and New York leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 24 and can be seen on MASN and SNY.
Strasburg pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering one run, striking out 10 and walking one in a 9-1 win over the Mets. Daniel Murphy (.389, 25 Rs, 6 HRs, 28 RBIs, 1 SB) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4. Harvey went 2.2 innings, surrendering nine runs (three unearned), striking out two and walking two in a 9-1 defeat to the Nationals in his most recent start. Yoenis Cespedes (.303, 29 Rs, 15 HRs, 36 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Mets, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and one RBI.
The odds for Washington and New York are Nationals -160, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.5.
Predictions: SU Winner - WAS
The Nationals are 17-12 against their divisional rivals, while the Mets are 11-8 against their division.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Nationals are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Mets have a 10-1 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they are outhit, the Nationals are 4-13. The Mets have a 6-14 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 11th in home runs, Washington has hit 50 this season. New York ranks second with 63 home runs.
Ranking 25th, New York is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.86 per game. Washington ranks in the bottom half at 19th with 8.16.
Washington and New York both rank in the top half of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Washington sits at 15th with an OPS of .725, and New York ranks 12th with an OPS of .736.
The Mets are 10-11 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Nationals are 15-15 when they allow at least one homer.