Matt Harvey (3-5, 4.93 ERA) and the New York Mets (22-17) meet Stephen Strasburg (6-0, 2.95 ERA) and the Washington Nationals (24-16) in the last of a three-game division series at Citi Field. The Nationals won the last game 7-1, and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, May. 19 and will air on MASN and SNY.
In his last start, Harvey pitched 5.2 innings, allowing five runs and striking out six in a 5-2 loss to the Rockies. Yoenis Cespedes (.289, 23 Rs, 13 HRs, 33 RBIs, 1 SB) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Nationals were victorious over the Marlins 6-4 the last time Strasburg pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out seven and walking three. Daniel Murphy (.395, 22 Rs, 5 HRs, 25 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with two RBIs.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Nationals -125 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is 6.5 at the moment.
Predictions: SU Winner - WAS
The Mets are 10-7 against their divisional rivals, while the Nationals are 14-10 against their division.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Mets are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Nationals have a 12-0 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they are outhit, the Nationals are 3-11. The Mets have a 5-13 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 11th in home runs, Washington has hit 47 this season. New York ranks third with 56 home runs.
New York and Washington both rank near the bottom of the league in hits. New York sits at 25th with 7.87 hits per game and Washington ranks 21st with 8.10.
Ranking 19th, Washington is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.725). New York ranks in the top half at 13th with an OPS of .739.
When the Nationals allow at least one home run, they are 13-13. When the Mets allow one or more homers, they have an 8-10 record.