The MLB schedule wraps up another weekend with an exciting National League East battle on Sunday Night Baseball. Tonight’s matchup features the red hot Washington Nationals taking on the New York Mets in a matchup of two teams heading in different directions to open up the season.
On one side you have the Nationals who sit atop the National League East division with the second best record in all of baseball. Along with that the team enters tonight’s Sunday Night Showdown winners of six straight and eight of their last ten overall games.
Then on the other side you have a Mets team that many had competing for the National League East sitting in fourth place in the division with an 8-10 mark. Those struggles include the teams three game losing streak while also winning just three of their last ten overall games to drop down in the standings.
Now these two teams will take to the field in hopes of turning the tables on one another. Here is a deeper look at tonight’s 8pm ET Nationals/Mets contest at Citi Field.
Starting Pitcher Matchup
Max Scherzer VS Zack Wheeler
Max Scherzer: The Nationals starter enters this game winner of two of his first three starts on the year. In those three starts Scherzer has thrown 19.2 innings while picking up 24 strikeouts while allowing just three earned runs. Along with that early success Scherzer has dominated over his last four starts at Citi Field picking up two wins while allowing just four runs over 29.1 innings of work.
Zack Wheeler: Those same results have not shown up for Wheeler to start the season as he sits at just 1-1 on the year over three starts. Despite the even record, Wheeler has not made it through six innings this season while allowing nine earned runs over just 14.2 innings of work. Along with those early struggles Wheeler has pitched to a 1-4 record against the Nationals over the past three seasons while allowing 18 earned runs in just 27.2 innings of work.
Advantage – Washington Nationals
As these two teams get set to meet up tonight at Citi Field in New York neither of these teams enter with a top tier bullpen. For the Mets their bullpen enters tonight’s contest with a 4-6 record while allowing 26 earned runs over 66 innings of work. Meanwhile the struggles have been even worse for the Nationals as they have combined to post a 3-3 record while allowing a 4.96 earned run average over just 49 innings of work. For each of these teams the key to winning this game will come through the play of their bullpen.
Advantage – New York Mets
Entering tonight’s matchup these two teams sit near the top of Major League Baseball in multiple key offensive categories. As you look at the Nationals the first name that jumps out at the plate is Bryce Harper who has been red hot to start the season while hitting .393 to go with seven home runs to start the season. Along with Harper, the Nationals have been getting big time production from Ryan Zimmerman to start the season (.373 average to go with five home runs). For the Mets the team will lean on Jay Bruce tonight who enters tonight’s game with six home runs and 14 runs batted in over his first 17 games.
Injury Update: Yoenis Cespedes (Out)
Advantage – Washington Nationals
Here is a deeper look at the betting matchup of tonight’s Diamondbacks/Dodgers contest.
Washington Nationals @ New York Mets (+1.5)
Sunday April 23rd, 2017
Washington Nationals Betting Trends
The Nationals enter tonight’s game as one of Major League Baseballs top away teams winning six of their first eight games away from DC to open the season. Despite that success the team has covered the run line in just for of those first eight games. Looking deeper the Nationals have been really good with Scherzer on the mound as the team has gone 8-2 over his last ten starts with four days rest while the team has gone 11-1 in games that he has started against teams with a losing record.
New York Mets Betting Trends
The recent struggles have dropped the Mets to 8-10 on the year while winning just four of their first 11 games at home at Citi Field to open the season. Along with those struggles at home the team has covered the spread in just three of their first 11 games at home this season. Those struggles have not shown up on Sunday over the past year as the Mets have won 11 of their last 14 games on Sunday. That being said the Mets have struggled in games with Wheeler on the mound against teams in the NL East. Over his last nine starts verse teams in the NL East the team has covered in just two of those contests.
Head To Head Betting Trends
These two teams get set to wrap up another divisional series tonight with the series advantage leaning towards the Nationals. Entering tonight the Nationals have won 41 of their last 55 games in New York while winning 67 of their last 100 matchups. Along with those struggles the Mets are just 1-5 in starts that Wheeler has started against the Nationals including going 0-4 in his four starts at Citi Field.
Prediction –Washington Nationals -1.5