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

How to Watch

Where: Citi Field, New York, NY

When: Thursday, May 23rd at 12:10 PM EST

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

Team Notes

Washington Nationals

The Nationals continue to play poorly this year with a record of 19-27 through their first 46 games.

Washington is 9-13 away from Nationals Park, hitting just .235 as a team.

The Nationals’ chances stand at 20-1 odds to win the NL and lowered to 40-1 to win the World Series.

New York Mets

The Mets are slumping, losing five straight, to settle at 20-25 for the season.

Manager Mickey Callaway appears to be on the hot seat and his dismissal could come at any time.

The Mets are 12-1 to win the NL title and 25-1 to win the 2019 World Series.

Pitcher Notes

Nationals: Stephen Strasburg (4-3, 3.32 ERA)

After a rough start, Strasburg has found his old magic. The Nats starter ranks 4th in baseball with 82 strikeouts.

Away from home this season, Strasburg has 42 strikeouts, ranking him 7th in MLB and 4th in the National League.

  • In May, Strasburg has a 2.63 ERA and 34 Ks in 27.1 innings.
  • In away starts, the righty has struck out 41 batters in 31 innings.
  • In his two starts against the Mets this year, Strasburg has struck out 17 and allowed four earned runs over 12.2 innings.

New York Mets: Steven Matz (3-3, 3.96 ERA)

In his first start since returning from the IL, Matz only lasted 3.2 innings with six strikeouts and two earned runs against Miami.

In his 38.2 innings pitched, he has allowed 49 baserunners.

  • Expect Matz to throw more than the 81 pitches he tossed against Miami in his last start.
  • Matz faced Washington earlier this year and did not allow a run in five innings.
  • This season, Matz has allowed nine homers in his 8 starts.

Hitter Notes

Washington Nationals

The Nationals offense ranks 17th in MLB in runs scored per game with 4.48 through Sunday.

On the road, however, Washington is slightly better ranking 12th in all of baseball.

  • SS Trea Turner is 7 for 22 off Matz with two doubles.
  • 3B Anthony Rendon is 8 for 25 versus Matz with three homers and six RBI.
  • OF Victor Robles has a solo homer against the lefty in four at-bats.

New York Mets

The Mets’ offense is scuffling, scoring just 4.42 runs per contest for the 20th overall spot in MLB.

But at home, New York is much better, ranking 11th overall, for a per-game average of 4.88.

  • 1B Pete Alonso is 2 for 6 off Strasburg with one double and one RBI.
  • OF Jeff McNeil is 3 for 6 versus the Nats starter with one triple.
  • 2B Robinson Cano is 0 for 8 lifetime against Strasburg.

Roster Notes

Washington Nationals

  • RP Trevor Rosenthal is close to returning from the 10-day IL after a few rehab outings.
  • 1B Ryan Zimmerman has foot issues that are keeping him on the 10-day IL.
  • SS Trea Turner has returned from a broken finger and is playing every day.

New York Mets

  • Michael Conforto should return immediately when eligible from the concussion 7-day IL.
  • Jed Lowrie has been moved to the 60-day IL after a setback in his rehab.
  • OF Yoenis Cespedes broke his ankle in two places in an off the field accident and his 2019 return is doubtful.

Game Odds

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Total Runs

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Run Line

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