Game two of this NL East series sees the Mets (48-54, 24-22 home) and Nationals (43-60, 23-27 away) facing off at Citi Field. The starting pitcher for the Mets will be Max Scherzer, while the Nationals are turning to MacKenzie Gore. Find out who I like to win in this New York Mets and Washington Nationals showdown.
WASHINGTON NATIONALS VS NEW YORK METS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Washington Nationals +160
This game will be played at Citi Field at 7:10 ET on Friday, July 28th.
WHY BET THE WASHINGTON NATIONALS:
- In their last ten games, the Nationals have a record of 6-4.
- Coming into the game, the Mets have gone just 2-3 in their last five home games.
- Opponents are hitting just .210 against MacKenzie Gore in his last five starts.
WASHINGTON NATIONALS LOOKING FOR UPSET AS ROAD UNDERDOGS
Heading into this divisional matchup vs. the Mets, the Nationals have an overall record of 43-60. This mark includes going 9-17 against divisional foes. Currently, they are 5th in the NL East. Washington’s overall series record sits at 11-20-2.
Today marks MacKenzie Gore’s 21st outing of the season, and his record stands at 6-7. His ERA is 4.37, with an OBP allowed of .325, and he has struck out 122 batters with a WHIP of 1.44. On the road, his ERA is 5.63, while he has been more successful at home with a 3.66 ERA.
MacKenzie Gore was on the mound for the Nationals in their 6-1 win against the Giants. The lefty allowed just four hits and no runs over his outing, earning him the victory.
Having gone deep 4 times in their last five games, the Nationals are 8th in that span. At 4.3 runs per game, Washington is 22nd in the league. This figure has come on a team batting average of .261 while hitting a total of 92 home runs (22nd).
The Nationals’ leader in hits, Lane Thomas, is batting .290 this season. His slugging percentage stands at .482 and his on-base percentage is .338.
WILL THE NEW YORK METS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
102 games into the season, the Mets have a record of 48-54, putting them 4th in the NL East. This mark includes an overall series 11-17-5. At home, they are 24-22 compared to 24-32 on the road.
Max Scherzer is set to take the mound for the New York Mets, having thrown at least six innings in his last two outings. The veteran right-hander has posted an 8-4 record and 4.20 ERA this season, with 114 strikeouts and 28 walks. His WHIP stands at 1.19, while his WOBA allowed is .313.
Max Scherzer took the loss in a 8-6 defeat to the Red Sox in his most recent start. The veteran pitcher went six innings, but allowed five runs on six hits.
This season, the Mets are 19th in the league at 4.4 runs per game. Over their last five games, they have a combined batting average of .214 (20th) leading to 3.8 runs per contest. Overall, they are generating 3.3 walks per game compared to 7 strikeouts. New York’s on-base percentage of .317 has them 13th in the MLB.
Pete Alonso has been the offensive leader for the New York Mets this season, boasting a .217 batting average and .497 slugging percentage. Over the team’s last ten games, Alonso has been on fire at the plate, leading New York in hits with a .296 average.