New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals
The Washington Nationals and the New York Mets meet on Sunday as they close out their series in Washington. The Nationals are -200 favorites over the Mets with an over/under run line set at 8.
The Washington Nationals are in a comfortable spot in the post season race but on Saturday they lost a tough one to the Mets. Danny Espinosa had two hits and Ian Desmond and Ryan Zimmerman each had hits as the Nationals failed to score on five hits. Starting pitcher Edwin Jackson pitched well allowing two hits and a run while striking out 11 but he fell to 7-8 on the year. For Sunday’s game Washington starts Gio Gonzalez who has won three of his last four decisions. For the season Gonzalez has allowed 113 hits and 54 earned runs while striking out 158 over 147.2 innings of work for a 3.29 ERA.
The New York Mets haven’t had much to cheer about the second half of the year but they did on Saturday as they shut out the Nationals. Ike Davis had two hits including a home run and Mike Baxter had a hit but the Mets made it work as they scored two runs on the three hits. On the mound Jon Niese allowed five hits and struck out seven over 7.1 scoreless innings and Frank Francisco earned his 20th save. For Sunday’s game New York starts Jeremy Hefner who retuns to make a start after being relegated to the bullpen. For the season Hefner has allowed 68 hits and 30 earned runs while striking out 33 over 56.2 innings of work for a 4.76 ERA.
Washington is 5-2 in their last seven games as a home favorite, 21-7 in their last 28 games overall, and 18-6 in Gonzalez’s last 24 starts. New York is 4-8 in their last 12 games overall, 4-1 in their last five game three of a series, and 0-4 in their last four games against a left handed starter. New York is 6-17 in the last 23 meetings of these two.
The Nationals are a huge favorite here and they should be as this should be an easy win for them to close out this series.
Washington Nationals -200 New York Mets