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Nationals on the road against the Mets

Tanner Roark is expected to get the ball for the Washington Nationals on Thursday afternoon as they take on the New York Mets in MLB betting action at the sportsbooks.

Roark will be starting in place of Jordan Zimmermann, who was scratched from the outing early Thursday due to the flu. Zack Wheeler will take the mound for New York.

View Washington Nationals vs New York Mets Odds and Stats.

Those who planned on backing the visitors in this one found the Nationals listed as favorites of -150 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 7, check for updates at Bovada.

The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Mets rated this week at No. 20 and the Nationals sitting at No. 1.

Last time out for Washington, they were a 5-1 winner as they battled the Mets on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Nationals at -121 were rewarded, while the 6 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Nationals grabbed a win last time out, defeating Bartolo Colon and the Mets 5-1 on Wednesday at Citi Field.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features New York's No. 10-ranked scoring average of 4 runs per game, against a Nationals offense rated No. 2 and scoring 7 runs per game. The Mets have averaged 5 hits per game to date this season, less than the Nationals hitters have managed (11 per nine innings).

Defensively, Washington features the No. 10-rated defense on the road, allowing 4 runs per game. New York, meanwhile, comes in at No. 5 at home, scoring 4 runs per game.

Next up:
Washington home to Atlanta, Friday, April 4th
New York home to Cincinnati, Friday, April 4th