The Washington Nationals were on their way to a 1-0 win last night until the 8th inning happened. The Nationals got out early in the 1st to take a 1-0 lead and not a whole lot happened in the next six frames. However, the Mets exploited the Nationals’ bullpen and put a 6 spot up in the 8th inning. A lifeless offense was brought back from the dead led by Juan Lagares and Rajai Davis who were responsible for all 6 runs scored.
The Mets were able to score 6 runs on just 7 hits to erase what was a 1-0 lead throughout the entire game for Washington. Tough loss for the Nats, but like I said in an earlier article, going late into games with a 1-run lead is often a death sentence these days.
Relievers are not what they used to be and blown games are just part of the game. The bullpen usually separates the men from the boys come postseason time. Washington and likely the Mets are not going to have to worry about October baseball in 2019, though.
The Mets needed a win like that to get their third win in a row after suffering through a cloudy stretch. They headed into their series against the Nationals with five straight losses. Now they have a chance for a four-game sweep on Thursday afternoon.
The Nationals have been pushed back to 19-30 on the season following their three-game losing streak. They are also losers in four of their previous five outings. Stephen Strasburg hopes to get the Nationals back into the win column in this one. The Mets are expected to counter with Steven Matz. Head below for our free Nationals vs. Mets pick.
Washington Nationals vs. N.Y. Mets Pick:
Betting odds provided by bovada.lv
If there is any bright spot for the Nationals this season it’s been Stephen Strasburg. He has stayed healthy, which is the most important key for him after years of battling injuries. Strasburg has also been pitching like the talent billed when he was a superstar rookie in 2010. It makes you wonder if he could have been on a Clayton Kershaw level if injuries didn’t flare up on him here and there.
He certainly had the tools to be that good coming into the majors, but he’s been a tier below Kershaw throughout his career. Strasburg still steps on the rubber with some nice numbers this season. He has posted an ERA 3.32 in 65 innings of work this year. Strasburg was dominant against the Mets in his last appearance against them back on April 4th. He was just about flawless with no runs allowed and just 3 hits surrendered in a 4-0 win for the Nats.
In 147 at-bats, the Mets have hit just 1 home run against Strasburg. Pretty impressive given all of those appearances at the plate. Additionally, they are hitting .247 with 9 RBI’s. Yoenis Cespedes is his biggest threat on the roster and he isn’t going to be playing. Strasburg has given up just 3 earned runs in his last 14 innings pitched.
His opponent in this contest, Steven Matz, has had a polarizing season. Depending on where he’s been pitching, Matz has either been terrible or fantastic. Note that he holds an ERA of 6.10 on the road, though that numbers falls to 1.50 at home. Matz also carries a 0.89 WHIP and .239 OBA into Thursday. This game looks like it’s shaping up to be a battle between Strasburg and Matz. That should provide a winner on the UNDER to get the day started Thursday.