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Mets host Nats on Saturday afternoon

The New York Mets and the Washington Nationals will continue their series on Saturday afternoon, with the Nats looking for a strong pitching performance from lefthander Gio Gonzalez.

Gonzalez went 21-8 with a 2.89 ERA for the Nationals last season, but so far this year he's just 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA. The lefthander was tagged for seven runs on seven hits in just five innings of work in a loss to the Braves in his last outing.

Jeremy Hefner gets the call for the New York Mets and he will try to build on a 0-2 mark. In the other dugout, Gio Gonzalez brings a 1-1 ledger to the game for the Nationals as he tries to quiet the Mets bats.

View Washington vs NY Mets Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors were 138 moneyline favorites in this one earlier in the day at most online sportsbooks including Bovada. The total was 7 at GTbets.eu for those preferring over under wagers.

Power Rankings:
The Mets sit at No. 15 in the National League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Nationals sit at a National League No. 13 on the same chart.

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How They Match Up:
On offense, it's a battle between New York and its National League No. 1-rated batting order, averaging 6.1 runs per nine innings, against the National League's No. 9 lineup of the Nationals at 4.1 runs per outing.

New York owns the National League's No. 14 defense, allowing 4.9 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Washington's National League No. 12-rated defense.

Last time out for Washington, they were a 7-1 loser as they battled the Mets on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Mets at -106 were rewarded, while the 8 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Washington didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 7-1 to New York on Friday at Citi Field.

Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing NY Mets are 8-2
After playing NY Mets are 7-3
After a loss are 6-4

New York Mets Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Washington are 2-8
After playing Washington are 3-7
After a win are 6-4

A few Nationals at Mets trends to consider:
Washington is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against NY Mets
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Washington's last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games
Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing NY Mets
The total has gone OVER in 8 of NY Mets' last 9 games
NY Mets are 11-3 SU in its last 14 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of NY Mets' last 8 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of NY Mets' last 6 games when playing Washington

Next up:
Washington at NY Mets, Sunday, April 21