In the second of a three-game series between the New York Mets (22-16) and the Washington Nationals (23-16) at Citi Field, Bartolo Colon (3-2, 3.53 ERA) and Gio Gonzalez (2-1, 1.93 ERA) get the start. The Mets won the last game 2-0, and New York leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 18 and will air on MASN, SNY and ESPN.
In his most recent outing, Colon pitched 5.0 innings, allowing five runs and striking out three in a 5-0 loss to the Dodgers. Michael Conforto (.283, 18 Rs, 6 HRs, 21 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Nationals were victorious over the Marlins 5-3 the last time Gonzalez pitched. He went 5.0 innings, allowing two runs (two unearned), striking out seven and walking two. Daniel Murphy (.399, 22 Rs, 5 HRs, 23 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
Oddsmakers have not posted a line for this game yet and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable.
So far this season, the Mets are 1-0 against the Nationals.
Predictions: SU Winner - WAS
The Mets hold a 10-6 record in matchups against NL East rivals, while the Nationals currently sit at 13-10 in these games.
The Mets are coming into this game after allowing no walks during their last outing. The Nationals have a 1-1 record when opponents don't give up any walks.
When they are outhit, the Nationals are 3-11. The Mets have a 5-12 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking first in home runs, New York has hit 55 this season. Washington ranks ninth with 47 home runs.
New York and Washington both rank near the bottom of the league in hits. New York sits at 23rd with 7.92 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 (.724). New York ranks in the top 10 with an OPS of .745.
The Nationals are 12-13 when they allow at least one home run. The Mets perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with an 8-10 record.