The Washington Nationals have had a rough start to the season but were relieved when they noticed the New York Mets were up next on the schedule. After demolishing the Mets 16-4 in their first game and winning 2-1 in the second, the Nationals will look to claim three-straight on Wednesday.
The Mets have a 7-11 record, which is better than the Nationals, but a large portion of the Nationals schedule was postponed due to COVID-19. The Mets will likely hope to at least compete in these last two home games before they head out to Philadelphia.
Washington Nationals: World Series Champions not playing champion level baseball
For Nationals fans this year has been pretty rough, they’ve had three games postponed and one game suspended. However, the postponements and suspensions have nothing to do with how poorly the Nationals have played this year. Washington has been unable to win a complete series and is currently the second-worst team in the NL East.
The perplexing part is that from a statistical standpoint, the Nationals should be doing a lot better. They have the fifth-best batting average and have the eleventh-ranked ERA. The problem has been consistency and their inability to keep up with the better teams in the league.
New York Mets: Grasping at straws to find a silver lining
The Mets have had trouble winning games for years now, so it is no surprise that they are currently 7-11 and last in the NL East. They’ve had bright spots throughout the season and have claimed surprising wins, but that hasn’t done much for their record or confidence.
There is a time coming where the Mets will be a good baseball team. They do have a better batting average than the Nationals, ranked fourth in the league.
They have the second-best on-base percentage and are tied for the fifteenth spot in total runs. Now maybe if they didn’t have some key injuries and opt-outs at pitcher, they’d have a better record, but that’s all speculation.
Remember to consider that the Nationals will start Anibal Sanchez, who gives up an average of 7.84 runs per game. He’s also 0-2 in his two starts, which could give the Mets the perfect opportunity to capitalize early on.
Washington has a leg up on the Mets when it comes to covering a spread. The Nationals have been averaging around .500, which leaves a little more confidence in them to cover.
The Mets are also terrible against the spread at home (3-7), whereas the Nationals are 3-1 ATS on the road and are playing against a very thin team at the pitching position.
Look for the Nationals to grab another win here, covering the spread and hopefully get some consistency while continuing this road stretch. Washington Nationals.
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