The MLB is back on Thursday as the Washington Nationals take on the New York Mets at Citi Field in New York in game one of a four-game series. The Nationals will give the nod to Max Scherzer and the Mets will counter with Steven Matz.
Washington Nationals Form
The Washington Nationals are going through a bad patch at the moment. Their struggles continued on Wednesday as they lost in the last game of the series against the Pirates with a score of 2-0. It seems that the Nationals will aim to find some reinforcements in the offence department before the deadline as they are dropping their pace in the MLB. Washington has averaged 4.33 runs per game and has allowed 3.80 runs per game on the road so far. Max Scherzer record against the Mets stands at 8-4 with a 2.23 ERA in 15 games (14 starts), including 6-2 with a 1.76 ERA in nine starts here at Citi Field.
On the offensive side of the game, the Nationals are below average this season as they are placed on the 17th spot in the league in scoring, putting up 4.40 runs per game, while also being 18th in hitting at .244 and 14th place in homers with a total of 107. On the mound, they have been solid as they are placed on the 12th place in the league in ERA at 3.87, while also being 8th in WHIP at 1.22 and 6th place in K’s with 828.
New York Mets Form
The New York is also a team that is struggling this season. It seems that they are paying the price for the various injuries this season. However, they surprised the Phillies in the last game as they managed a comfortable 3-0 win. This win is a very important achievement for them as it came right before the start of the series against the Nationals. The Mets have averaged 3.04 runs per game and have allowed 4.22 runs per game here at home for the year so far.
Steven Matz record against the Nationals stands at 1-2 with a 2.37 ERA in six starts.
On the offensive side of the game, the Mets have been poor this season as they are placed on the 26th place in the league in scoring, putting up 3.87 runs per game, while also being 29th place in hitting at .228 and the 22nd spot in homers with a total of 92. On the mound, they have same low stats as they are placed on the 20th spot in the league in ERA at 4.33, while also being 18th place in WHIP at 1.33 and ranked 9th in K’s with 805.
The Nationals are not in a good form right now. I was expecting that they will bounce back in the previous game against the Pirates, however, they lost that game with a score of 2-0. On the other side, the Mets are struggling right now and one win against the Phillies will not change the fact that they are not in a good form. The Nationals are a serious team and it is just a matter of time about them getting back on winning ways. This game against a struggling team like the Mets will be an ideal opportunity for the Nats to bounce back. Go for the Nationals in this one.