Mets on Three-Game Slide
The New York Mets try to stay alive for a possible division title when they face the visiting Washington Nationals in the second game of a doubleheader on Tuesday night. New York has dropped three in a row and enters Tuesday trailing the Atlanta Braves by 1½ games for the top spot in the National League East.
Washington has lost three of four and is in last place in the division with the worst record in baseball. Despite the disparity in records, this has been a competitive matchup for the Mets, so before you do your betting online, make sure to read our in-depth preview of Tuesday’s nightcap.
Nationals Playing Spoiler
The Washington Nationals aren’t going to the postseason, but that doesn’t mean they don’t want to be competitive against the teams that are. Washington has won at least one game in each of the last three series it has played against teams that are going to the postseason, and it hopes to do the same against New York.
Right-hander Pablo Espino will make the start in Tuesday’s second game as he looks for his first win of the season. Espino is 0-8 with a 4.30 ERA in 18 starts and 41 overall appearances, striking out 92 over 113 innings. He’s coming off a start against the Atlanta Braves on Sept. 27 in which he went five innings and allowed five runs on four hits, including two home runs, while striking out five and walking none.
First baseman Joey Meneses had the only RBI in Sunday’s 7-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies despite going 0-for-3 in the game. Meneses is batting .327 in his rookie campaign, hitting 14 doubles and 13 home runs, driving in 34 runs and scoring 33 times.
Mets Need Some Magic to Win Division
The New York Mets may already know their fate in their drive for an NL East title by the time this game begins, as they’ll have played the earlier game of the doubleheader and can’t afford a loss in that one. New York needs to put things back together after a sweep by the Atlanta Braves over the weekend made the Mets a likely Wild Card team.
“We still have three games left in the regular season, we’re still going to the postseason, that doesn’t change, but there’s a lot of learning points that we can take from this series moving forward,” Mets slugger Pete Alonso said after Sunday’s loss to Atlanta. “I thought we played well, but the Braves played better. They played excellent baseball this entire weekend.”
Alonso has been playing excellent baseball all season, ranking first in the majors with 131 RBIs and third in home runs with 40. He’s also batting .269 with 27 doubles and 94 runs scored.
New York will have right-hander Taijuan Walker on the mound for the nightcap. Walker is 12-5 with a 3.59 ERA in 28 starts, striking out 122 in 153 innings. He took a no-decision in his last outing, going five innings against the Miami Marlins on Wednesday and allowing three runs on six hits while striking out eight and walking two.
Nationals vs Mets Head-To-Head
The New York Mets have already clinched the season series against the Washington Nationals for the second straight season, winning 11 of the first 16 matchups. Washington has won the last two games to narrow the gap, both at Citi Field.
New York is just 4-2 against Washington at home after those two setbacks. The MLB lines for Tuesday’s second game are giving the edge to the Mets to come out on top.
Nationals vs Mets Game Information
- Game: Nationals (55-104) vs Mets (98-61)
- Location: Citi Field, Queens, NY
- Day/Time: Tuesday, Oct. 4, 7:40 p.m. ET
- Nationals vs Mets Live stream: MLB.tv
Nationals vs Mets Betting Lines
|Washington Nationals G2
P. Espino -R
|+1½ Ev||+235||7 -125o|
|New York Mets G2
T. Walker -R
|-1½ -120||-285||7 +105u|
The odds in this chart are based on the time of publication. They are subject to change.
Nationals vs Mets Prediction
The New York Mets need to get some wins to feel better about themselves heading into the postseason, and the Washington Nationals are going to be on the wrong end of it in this one. The Mets should romp to this win, even if the division title is already out of reach.
When making your MLB picks, take New York to get the win at home.