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Jeremy Hefner, Gio Gonzalez take mound in Nationals vs Mets tilt

New York MetsWashington Nationals
Aug 19, 1:35 PM | GrassNationals Park

New York Mets vs Washington Nationals Odds

57-63TEAM RECORD74-46

MLB wagering interest swings to the Washington vs New York battle on Sunday at Nationals Park as the Nationals try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

Jeremy Hefner, with a record of 2-3 on the season, gets the ball for the Mets, while the Nationals trot Gio Gonzalez to the mound in this one. He is 15-6 so far in 2012.

View NY Mets vs Washington Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with the Nationals in this one will find them as -210 favorites on the MLB money line. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 8 at its open earlier today.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Nationals at No. 3 in the National League and the Mets at No. 11 in the National League heading into this contest.

How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Washington has the National League's No. 6-rated offensive output, at 8.9 hits per game. The Mets average 8.6 hits per game, good for No. 7 on the National League list.

Washington owns the National League's No. 1 defense, allowing 3.6 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with New York's National League No. 13-rated defense.

Last time out for New York, they were a 2-0 winner as they battled the Nationals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Mets at +129 were rewarded, while the 2 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. New York threw a shutout at Washington in their last outing, using a shutdown performance by Jonathon Niese to defeat Washington 2-0 on Saturday.

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

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

A few Mets at Nationals trends to consider:
NY Mets are 4-8 SU in its last 12 games
NY Mets are 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
NY Mets are 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Washington
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Washington's last 8 games
Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing NY Mets
Washington is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games
Washington is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
NY Mets home to Colorado, Monday, August 20
Washington home to Atlanta, Monday, August 20