Gio Gonzalez (3-1, 1.86 ERA) and Bartolo Colon (3-3, 3.75 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Washington Nationals (27-17) and the New York Mets (25-18) at Nationals Park. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 23 and can be seen on MASN and SNY.

Gonzalez pitched 6.1 innings in his last outing, surrendering one run, striking out five and walking one in a 7-1 win over the Mets. Daniel Murphy (.387, 25 Rs, 6 HRs, 28 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI. Colon went 4.2 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out four and walking five in a 7-1 defeat to the Nationals in his most recent start. Yoenis Cespedes (.298, 27 Rs, 14 HRs, 35 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run.

The Nationals are a -160 favorite with a total of 7.5.

Pick - NYM


The Nationals hold a 17-11 record in matchups against NL East rivals, while the Mets currently sit at 10-8 in these games.

The Nationals are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded nine strikeouts. The Mets have a record of 13-11 when they are struck out that many times or more.

When they are outhit, the Nationals are 4-12. 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 third with 60 home runs.

Ranking 12th, New York is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 146 this season. Washington ranks in the top five at fourth with 175.

The Nationals are 20-8 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Mets are 21-7 when they hit at least one homer.