Washington Nationals vs New York Mets: Predictions, Odds and Roster Notes

How to Watch

Where: Citi Field, New York City, NY

When: Thursday, April 4th at 7:05 PM EST

How (TV/Radio): Mets TV: SNY/WPIX, Nationals TV: MASN, Mets Radio: WCBS 880 AM, Nationals Radio: WJFK/106.7 FM

Team Notes

Washington Nationals

Washington’s offense will have their work cut out for them as they face Noah Syndergaard for the second time in a week.

On March 30th, the last time these two pitchers faced off, the Nationals fell the Mets in a wild one, losing 11-8.

The Nationals dropped two of three games to the Mets, as New York defeated both Max Scherzer and Strasburg.

The Nationals currently stand at 7-1 odds to win the National League and 14-1 to take the World Series.

New York Mets

The Mets’ offense shined against the Nationals during their opening series last weekend, as New York posted 18 runs on the road against Scherzer, Strasburg and Patrick Corbin.

Rookie first baseman Peter Alonso has been a sensation going 6 for 12 with 3 RBI and 2 BB against the Nationals on opening weekend.

The Mets currently have 9-1 odds to win the National League and 18-1 to win the World Series for the 2019 season.

Pitcher Notes

Mets: Noah Syndergaard

Syndergaard certainly pitched better than Strasburg last Saturday, giving up only four runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts. But Thor left the game with a no-decision for his troubles with the score tied 4-4 heading into the seventh inning.

Syndergaard was a bit unlucky against the Nationals and with this start being at home, expect the Mets righthander to post better numbers.

  • Syndergaard had four games last season where he threw six innings or more without issuing a walk. Last Saturday, he threw six innings with no walks.
  • Last season, Syndergaard’s home ERA was 2.87 in 78.1 innings pitched.
  • The Nationals didn’t take advantage of Syndergaard’s inability to hold runners, with only one stolen base last Saturday. Expect the Nats to run more on Thursday.

Nationals: Stephen Strasburg

Strasburg struggled early against the Mets last Saturday but rebounded for three straight three up-three down innings before he left the game after the sixth inning.

The pitcher’s final line of six innings pitched with eight strikeouts was far more in line with what we expect from the Nationals flamethrower. Expect a far better game for Strasburg against the Mets this time.

  • In 22 starts last season, Strasburg only gave up seven hits or more five times. Last Saturday, he gave up seven hits to the Mets.
  • In his one start against the Mets in 2018, the Nationals pitcher gave up four runs, just like on Saturday.
  • Strasburg had a 2.40 ERA on the road last season, allowing a tiny .224 batting average to opposing batters.

Hitter Notes

Washington Nationals

The Nationals offense did well against Syndergaard last weekend, with seven hits and four runs over six innings.

Syndergaard faced a heavy right-handed lineup against the Nationals, giving up four hits to the 19 batters he faced, with one home run and two doubles being the extra base damage.

  • Anthony Rendon has dominated Syndergaard in his career, going 10 for 29 with two homers and seven RBIs.
  • OF Juan Soto is now 4 for 9 against Syndergaard, after going 3 for 3 against the righty last Saturday.
  • SS Trea Turner is a lifetime two for 15 against the righty, after going 0 for 3 in their first matchup this season.

New York Mets

The Mets started on fire against Strasburg, scoring four runs in the first two innings. Then the right-hander settled down and sent down nine straight in the 4th-6th innings.

Top prospects Jeff McNeil and Peter Alonso both went 2 for 3 against Strasburg in their first time facing off against the power righty.

  • Michael Conforto is 4 for 21 lifetime against Strasburg but has two homers against the righty.
  • Brandon Nimmo is two for eight against the Nationals pitcher in his career.
  • Peter Alonso went 2 for 3 with a double and RBI against Strasburg.

Roster Notes

Washington Nationals

  • Trea Turner exited Monday’s game after a pitch went off his finger while trying to bunt.
  • Washington was 41-40 on the road last season.
  • Nationals’ Patrick Corbin and the Mets’ Zach Wheeler will start on Saturday in the second game in this series.

New York Mets

  • 3B Todd Frazier and C Travis D’Arnaud will begin rehab games on Thursday.
  • Peter Alonso’s first home run on Monday at Miami traveled 444 feet.
  • Mets & Nationals will have the odd off day on Friday.

Game Odds

SportsbookWashington NationalsNY MetsLink
888Sport NJ+118-143
BetStars NJ+110-133