We have a National League East series when the New York Mets meet the Washington Nationals for game one of a four-game series. Both clubs will likely miss the playoffs but this is a huge rivalry and these clubs take this very seriously.
This preview was written prior to the start of Wednesday contests and all opinions are based on Tuesday MLB contests.
Mets Fourth in NL EastNew York enters Wednesday hoping to continue a one-game winning streak but has lost six of its previous ten games. The Mets are 13-14 this season away from Citi Field and have a 16-20 record against the rest of the NL East. Infielder Pete Alonso leads the Mets with 13 dingers and infielder Dominic Smith has a team-leading 41 RBI this season.
3️⃣ home runs last night. 💪 pic.twitter.com/HtAU2ESL16— New York Mets (@Mets) September 23, 2020
Michael Conforto is listed as day to day for Wednesday.
The Mets pitching staff ranks eighteenth with a 4.77 team ERA and the offense checks in at number one with a .274 team batting average over 1859 at-bats this season.
Southpaw David Peterson (5-2, 3.80) is the Mets probable starting pitcher for Thursday and over 42.2 innings pitched has allowed 32 hits with 18 earned runs, five bombs, and 23 walks. Peterson has struck out 36 and is up against a Washington offense with an 18.4 percent strikeout rate and .224 ISO over 544 plate appearances against left-handed pitching this season.
Nationals Last in NL EastWashington enters Wednesday riding a four-game winning streak and has won six of its previous ten games. The Nats are 12-16 at Nationals Park and has a 14-21 record against the rest of the NL East. Outfielder Juan Soto leads the Nationals with a dozen home runs and leads the team with 35 RBI this season.
The Nationals offense ranks sixth in baseball with a team batting average of .264 and the pitching staff checks in at number twenty-fifth with a team ERA of 5.16 over 462.2 innings pitched.
Washington is undecided as to who will pitch this game but whoever does is up against a Mets offense with a 22 percent strikeout rate and .182 ISO over 2103 plate appearances this season.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
This is a meaningless game in terms of playoff considerations but these teams are playing for their jobs and will be going all out. The Mets offense is stout and up against a Nationals pitching staff that has struggled the entire season. Peterson has been good but the Nationals hit lefties very well and I suspect this will be a high scoring game that the Mets somehow find a way to win. I will go with New York to beat Washington in this matchup.
Full-Game Total Pick
Vegas hasn’t posted a total yet but we know that the Mets bats have been hot and up against a Nationals pitching staff that hasn’t done a good job in limiting runs. Peterson has been good at times but he is up against a Nationals offense that is third in baseball against left-handed pitching. This is going to be a high scoring affair and I will play the OVER in this contest.