Nationals vs Mets Live : MLB baseball will the Nationals get back to the .500 mark on the year and spoil the Mets’ home opener when the teams open a weekend series Thursday . Rendon leads Nats’ 23-run Nationals vs. Mets lead to a record-setting day for the Nationals’ offense in a 23-5 victory over the Mets on Sunday afternoon.
National League East rivals with their eyes on a division crown help get the Thursday MLB schedule underway. It’s a 1:10 p.m. ET first pitch between the Washington Nationals and New York Mets at Citi Field. Both teams feature a new look in 2019, with Robinson Cano now in the middle of New York’s lineup and Washington moving into the post-Bryce Harper era with Juan Soto among the young players ready to take on a bigger role.
New York is a -129 favorite (risk $129 to win $100) on the money line, with the over-under for total runs set at 6.5 in the latest Mets vs. Nationals odds. Before locking in any Mets vs. Nationals picks of your own on Thursday, see the MLB predictions from the proven model at SportsLine.
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The model has taken into account that Noah Syndergaard will be on the hill for the Mets. He’s coming off his best season in 2018 when he went 13-4 with a 3.03 ERA and a WHIP of 1.21. His control was masterful with just 39 walks against 155 strikeouts last year. Washington’s Nationals blew a 5-2 lead in the eighth, but walked off on the New York Mets on Trea Turner’s second home run of the game, avoiding a sweep and earning their first win of the 2019 campaign.
Corbin vs the Metsies: After signing a 6-year/$140M free agent deal this winter, lefty Patrick Corbin posted a 4.88 ERA with 19 Ks and three walks in six starts and 24 innings pitched this Spring, as he prepared for his first season in D.C.
In his first start of the regular season, the southpaw was trying to help his new team avoid a sweep at the hands of their divisional rivals from New York, after the Mets took the first two games of the three-game set in D.C.
Corbin worked around a one-out single in the first and a two-out walk in the second to get through two scoreless on 26 pitches.
Back-to-back hits in the third inning led to the Mets’ first run, however, with Brandon Nimmo (single) and Pete Alonso (RBI double) connecting to get the visiting team on the board, 1-0.
Corbin took the mound with a 3-1 lead in the fourth, courtesy of a three-run homer by Trea Turner, and tossed a scoreless, 17-pitch frame, working around a two-out single, then left a two-out walk on base in the fifth, in an 18-pitch inning that left him at 72 total after five.
J.D. Davis doubled off Corbin to start the top of the sixth, and Michael Conforto followed with a single that put runners on the corners with no one out.
Corbin got a double play with help from second baseman Brian Dozier, who stabbed a sharp ground ball off Amed Rosario’s bat and made a backhand glove flip/toss to Trea Turner to start a 4-6-3, but a run scored on the play, 4-2.
And he’s already picked up a win against the Nats this season, albeit in a game that wasn’t his best performance. He scattered seven hits and four runs over six innings on March 30, battling enough to help the Mets stay in it and eventually pick up the win. Bolstered by the addition of Cano, who went deep in his first game with the Mets, New York is off to a strong start at 5-1 on the year with at least six runs scored in four games.
But just because Syndergaard is on the hill doesn’t mean New York is the best value on the Mets vs. Nationals money line.
That’s because the Nats are sending a big arm of their own out with Stephen Strasburg in line to get the start. He’s coming off a strong 2018 as well with a 3.74 ERA. That number was higher his career average, but few debate that he still has enough talent to be a front-line starter.
And even with Harper now in Philly and Trea Turner (finger) on the disabled list, Washington still has the lineup to be competitive with players like Anthony Rendon (.357), Victor Robles (.357) and Adam Eaton (.313) off to a hot start at the plate this season.