Noah Syndergaard (3-2, 2.53 ERA) takes the hill for the New York Mets (21-16) as they square off against Max Scherzer (4-2, 4.15 ERA) and the Washington Nationals (23-15) in the first of a three-game series at Citi Field. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 17 and can be seen on MASN and SNY.
Syndergaard pitched 8.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs, striking out six and walking one in a 4-3 win over the Dodgers. Yoenis Cespedes (.287, 22 Rs, 12 HRs, 32 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 Sunday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Scherzer went 9.0 innings, surrendering two runs and striking out 20 in a 3-2 win over the Tigers in his most recent start.
These two division rivals should be in a battle for the NL East crown throughout the year, so this will be a good series. Scherzer is coming off of an historic start and Syndergaard is one of the best pitchers in the NL. Oddsmakers have installed the Mets as a -125 favorite for this one with a total of 6.5.
Pick - NYM
The Mets are 9-6 against their divisional rivals, while the Nationals are 13-9 against their division.
The Mets are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded five strikeouts. The Nationals have a record of 7-1 when opponents' pitchers have five strikeouts or less.
When they are outhit, the Nationals are 3-11. The Mets have a 4-12 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking seventh in home runs, Washington has hit 47 this season. New York ranks third with 53 home runs.
New York and Washington both rank in the top 10 of the league in walks. New York sits at 10th with 127 this season and Washington ranks sixth with 144.
The Mets are 17-6 when they hit at least one home run. The Nationals perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with an 18-8 record.