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NL East Matchup Headlined by Battle of Steves

A National League East affair kicks off on Monday with an excellent pitching matchup between young lefty Steven Matz (2-1, 2.67 ERA) and veteran righty Stephen Strasburg (9-2, 3.51 ERA). Looking to do more than settle the debate on the proper spelling of Ste(v)phen, Strasburg takes the mound for the Nats trying to stop a skid that’s seen his team lose three of its last four games.

SHARK BITES
  • The Nationals have gone 10-4 SU in Stephen Strasburg’s 14 career starts against the Mets.
  • The Mets have won 4 of their last 5 road games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Strasburg’s last 8 starts against the Mets.

When the boys from the Big Apple last played in the nation’s capital, they were beaten by 18 runs in a game that was started by Noah Syndergaard. Luckily for the Mets, though, the Nats have been stricken by the injury bug and likely won’t be producing that kind of offense tonight against a starter in Matz who has been putting on a pitching clinic since he came off the shelf nearly a month ago.

In his four trips to the hill this season, Mr. Matz – who’s not to be confused with Mr. Met – has pitched three quality starts and given up just eight earned runs in 27 total innings hurled. His one loss, however, just so happened to come against the very team he’ll be facing tonight in a game the southpaw allowed three home runs.

With the lead in their division narrowing after recent results, this is a crucial homestand for Washington. They’ll be significant moneyline favorites in the icebreaker that opened with the lowest total on the board.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those going with the Washington Nationals in this one found them listed on the oddsboard as moneyline favorites of -173 at BetOnline for Monday's contest. The betting total was hovering near 8.5 at Bovada.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 5.0-2.3 result in favor of the Nationals. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

New York Mets vs Washington Nationals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Washington (48-34) will face the 38-43 Mets in this tilt. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Washington vs New York injuries news.

This game puts the Washington Nationals, most recently No. 5 in OddsShark MLB Power Rankings, up against the New York Mets, who rate a No. 22 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

At the plate, Washington owns the No. 2 ranking for hits at 9.68 per game. By contrast, the New York Mets are rated No. 19 in the same category at 8.59 per game.

Defensively, New York features the No. 27-rated defense on the road, allowing 5.45 runs per game. Washington, meanwhile, comes in at No. 5 at home, scoring 5.62 runs per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Mets endured a 7-1 loss at the hands of the Phillies on Sunday, with Rafael Montero throwing 6.1 innings of 8-hit ball at Citi Field.

The Nationals hope for a dominant pitching performance similar to their last game when Max Scherzer struck out 12 batters in 7-2 victory on Sunday at New Busch Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • NY Mets is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • NY Mets is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • NY Mets is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • NY Mets is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Washington is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games at home
  • Washington is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing NY Mets
  • Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing NY Mets

Next Betting Matchups

New York at Washington, Tuesday, July 4th

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