Last Updated: 2019-05-16
The New York Mets will be facing off against their division rival Washington Nationals. The matchup will get going at 1:05 p.m. ET and SportsNet New York will broadcast the game.
New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals Odds
Oddsmakers have listed Washington (+120) as the underdog to New York (-130). If you think the game’s total will finish under 9 runs, then bookmakers are offering -120 odds. Taking the over give you even money (+100). The game’s most recent runline odds stand at +115 for picking the Mets -1.5 runs and -135 for the Nationals +1.5 runs.
The Mets have gone 20-21 SU this year and are 22-18 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 4.2 units for gamblers taking the moneyline over the early part of the year, despite having gained 2.4 units ATS. New York’s covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the under has hit in four of those seven. The Nationals, on the other hand, are 17-25 SU and 15-26 ATS. The team’s lost 14.8 units for moneyline bettors and 14.4 units ATS. Washington has covered the spread just twice over its last seven games and the under has cashed in four of those seven.
Washington games have had an over/under record of 20-18-3 so far in 2019. New York has an over/under record of 21-16-3.
Right-hander Zack Wheeler will get the start for New York. Wheeler (3-2, 4.35 ERA) has racked up 58 strikeouts in 49.2 innings so far. He’s 0-1 with nine strikeouts and a 10.24 ERA against Washington this year (two starts).
The Nationals are countering with Anibal Sanchez (0-6, 5.27 ERA). Sanchez has 39 strikeouts and 24 walks, along with a 1.68 WHIP. Sanchez has yet to face the Mets this year, but he made two starts against them in 2018, posting a 1-0 record with a 4.50 ERA and 11 strikeouts.
New York’s pitching staff allowed 4.9 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.45 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 9.54 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.56, along with a K-per-9 of 9.43.
Mets hitters have slashed .247/.328/.398 on their way to 4.6 runs scored per game this year, including 5.3 runs per game against divisional foes and 4.8 per game over the team’s last five contests (3-2 SU).
Left fielder Jeff McNeil and shortstop Amed Rosario have led New York’s hitters. McNeil is slashing .352/.440/.483 with 51 hits, 14 RBIs and 20 runs scored, while Rosario (.278/.319/.417) is up to 42 hits, 24 RBIs and 13 runs scored.
In the other dugout, Washington’s pitchers have given up 5.0 runs per game overall this year. The team’s starters have a 4.03 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 6.15 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and 9.0 K/9. In 19 games against NL East foes, Nationals starters have an ERA of 3.97 and the bullpen’s ERA is 7.36.
The Washington hitters are putting up 4.4 runs per contest, including 5.5 per game against divisional foes and 2.4 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .170/.221/.268 over its last five games and is 2-3 SU during that span.
The Nationals’ batters have been led by outfielders Adam Eaton and Victor Robles. Eaton is slashing .275/.341/.383 with three home runs, 11 RBIs, 23 runs and five steals, and Robles has produced a line of .257/.305/.474 with eight homers, 17 RBIs, 28 runs and eight stolen bases.
The Mets have lost 3.4 units and are 16-17 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has cashed in 17 of those games, as opposed to 13 that’ve hit the under in such games. On the other hand, the Nationals have lost 10.3 units and are 12-20 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in 16 of those games, compared to 14 that’ve gone under.
New York Mets at Washington Nationals Free Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Mets, ATS Winner – Mets, O/U – OVER
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The over has hit in only two of New York’s last seven contests.
Washington has recorded 14.3 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 12.8 over its last five.
The Mets have hit 11 home runs in their last 10 games, including eight over their last five.
The Mets have a total OPS of .726 this season and an OPS of .726 when facing right-handed pitchers. The Nationals’ OPS sits at .706 overall and .675 versus righties.