Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets
The New York Mets and the Washington Nationals look to continue their strong starts as they face off on Monday at Citi Field. The Nationals are -120 favorites over the Mets with an over/under run total set at 8.
The New York Mets looked solid in their first three games of the season as they swept the Atlanta Braves. The Mets have a game lead in the National League East and outscored the Braves 12-7 in those three games. David Wright is hitting .667, Josh Thole is averaging .571, Daniel Murphy is averaging .385, Ruben Tejada is averaging .364, and Lucas Duda has homered twice as they have brought the fences in at Citi Field. For Monday’s game New York starts Mike Pelfrey who was 7-13 last season with a 4.74 ERA while allowing 220 hits and 102 earned runs while striking out 1-5 in 193.2 innings of work. Pelfrey has been a player with promise for far too long and it is time for him to show that he is part of the solution in the Big Apple.
The Washington Nationals spent opening weekend winning two of three from the Chicago Cubs and even in the game they lost they had runners in position when the game ended. The Nationals ended their series with a loss but they outscored the Cubs 12-9 over the course of the series and are just a game behind the Mets in the standings. Adam LaRoche is hitting .417 with two home runs, Ian Desmond is hitting .385, and Wilson Ramos is hitting .200 as the nationals are using timely hitting to get it done thus far. For Monday’s game Washington starts Edwin Jackson who plays for his seventh team. Last year Jackson played with the White Sox and the Cardinals and he was 12-9 overall with a 3.58 ERA for the Cardinals while allowing 91 hits and 31 earned runs while striking out 51 over 78 innings of work. Jackson pitched in the post season last year for the World Series Champions.
New York is 6-1 in their last seven games against the N.L. East, 7-17 against a team with a winning record, and 1-4 in Pelfrey’s last five home starts. Washington is 6-1 in their last seven games against a team with a winning record, 9-2 in their last 11 games against the N.L. East, and 12-4 in game one of a series. The Nationals have won their last four in a row against the Mets.
The total in this one is set at eight and I see it staying under that number.