Nationals at Mets 5/23/19 - MLB Picks & Predictions
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Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets
MLB: 12:10 PM EST
May. 23, 2019
Latest Odds : WAS -145 Total 7.5
The Thursday MLB schedule will get underway with a matinee between the Washington Nationals and New York Mets from Citi Field. The Nationals have lost four straight games and have fallen nine games out of first place in the NL East race. Last night, Washington closer Sean Doolittle did not record an out and gave up four runs during a 6-1 loss against New York.
Thirty year old right-hander Stephen Strasburg (4-3 3.32 ERA) will take the mound for the Nationals in this matchup. Last time out, Strasburg allowed four hits and two runs in eight innings to lead Washington to a 5-2 victory versus Chicago.
The New York Mets have won 12 of their first 20 home games and have responded favorably to rumors of their manager being fired. On Wednesday, New York scored all six runs in the eighth inning to rally for the victory. Juan Lagares provided a three-run double and Rajai Davis connected on a three-run shot for the Mets, who are 4.5 games out of first place.
New York manager Mickey Callaway will turn to left-hander Steven Matz (3-3 3.96 ERA) on Thursday. Matz has dropped consecutive starts and has given up five runs over his last nine plus innings of work.
Recent Betting Trends:
Nationals are 41-14 in Strasburgs last 55 road starts.
Mets are 5-0 in Matzs last 5 home starts.
Under is 4-0 in Strasburgs last 4 starts overall.
Under is 4-0 in Matzs last 4 starts overall.
Nationals are 10-1 in Strasburgs last 11 road starts vs. Mets.
Free Betting Pick: Washington Nationals -145
New York OF Brandon Nimmo was scheduled to undergo an MRI on his neck on Wednesday. Through 49 games, Washington ranks 19th in OPS and 17th in runs scored. For the season, New York ranks 20th in OPS and 18th in runs scored. Take Washington to salvage the final game of this series. Final Score Prediction, Washington Nationals win 5-3.