New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals
The New York Mets look to avoid their fifth loss in a row as they host the Washington Nationals for game three of their series. The Mets are -140 favorites over the Nationals with an over/under run total set at 8.5.
The New York Mets have been out of the post season race for quite some time but for really the first time this season the wheels are coming off of the cart as they are slumping badly. On Tuesday Jose Reyes and Lucas Duda each had three hits and Ruben Tejada had two hits as the Mets scored just two runs off of 11 hits. On the mound Dillon Gee allowed six hits and two runs while striking out five over 5.2 innings of work but it was Dale Thayer who allowed two hits and a run after retiring just one batter to take the loss, his second of the year. For Wednesday’s game New York starts Mike Pelfrey who has two no decisions and a loss in his last three starts. For the season Pelfrey has allowed 195 hits and 92 earned runs while striking out96 over 177.2 innings of work.
The Washington Nationals are now just a game behind the Mets in the standings and if they can get the win on Wednesday they will be tied. On Tuesday Ian Desmond, Rick Ankiel, and Danny Espinosa each had two hits as the Nationals scored three times on 11 hits for the night. On the mound Chien Ming-Wang allowed nine hits and two earned runs while striking out four over five innongs of work to not factor in the decision as Craig Stammen picked up his first win of the year and Drew Storen got his 36th save. For Wednesday’s game Washington starts Brad Peacock who sees his second action of the year after getting work out of the bullpen. In his only other Major League appearance Peacock allowed four hits and a run in 1.1 innings of work.
New York is 1-6 in their last seven games overall, 7-2 in their last nine games after losing the first two games of a series, and 8-3 in Pelfrey’s last 11 starts as a favorite. Washington is 5-1 in their last six games against a right handed starter, 7-13 in their last 20 games overall, and 1-5 in their last six game three of a series. New York is 2-6 in Pelfrey’s last eight starts against Washington.
While I like what the Nationals are doing, I am not sure I like their decision to start Peacock here and I think it costs them. Take the Mets minus the 140 today.
New York Mets -140 Washington Nationals