Mets Set For Wild Card Series
The New York Mets go for a third straight win over the visiting Washington Nationals when the two division rivals wrap up a three-game series on Wednesday. New York swept a doubleheader on Tuesday and will face the San Diego Padres in a Wild Card series starting on Friday.
Washington has lost four in a row and has clinched the worst record in the majors. Both teams would like to end the regular season on a high note, so before you make any bet online, read our in-depth preview of this contest.
Nationals Sink to Bottom
The Washington Nationals didn’t have great expectations for this season, particularly after trading away Juan Soto and Josh Bell to the San Diego Padres midway through the campaign. It doesn’t feel great to finish with the worst record in baseball, but it has the team motivated to get better.
“I look at the season as a disappointment,” Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said before Tuesday’s loss in the first game of the doubleheader. “I’ve always said that you are what your record says you are, and our record says we’re the worst team in the league right now. And it’s hard to argue with that.”
Outfielder Joey Meneses continued to be a positive for the Nationals, going 2-for-4 in the nightcap of the sweep. The 30-year-old rookie is batting .329 with 14 doubles, 13 home runs, 34 RBIs and 33 runs scored in 55 games.
Right-hander Erick Fedde will get the start in the final game for the Nationals. Fedde is 6-12 with a 5.27 ERA in 26 starts in 2022, striking out 93 in 124⅔ innings. He took the loss in his last outing against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, going five innings and allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits while striking out three and walking one.
Mets Must Gear Up for Playoff Run
The letdown of not winning the National League East crown can’t stick around for long for the New York Mets, as they have a three-game series with the San Diego Padres looming on Friday. New York held the lead in the division standings for much of the season but was overtaken by the Atlanta Braves in the final days.
The offense was in gear on Tuesday, especially at the beginning of the second game, with Brandon Nimmo, Francisco Lindor and Jeff McNeil all hitting home runs. Lindor’s was his 26th as he’s batting .270 with 24 doubles, five triples, 26 home runs 104 RBIs and 98 runs scored.
The Mets will go with right-hander Trevor Williams as the starter on Wednesday. It will be the 30th appearance and 10th start for Williams, who is 2-5 with a 3.23 ERA. He pitched in relief against the Nationals on Sept. 4, allowing two runs and five hits over 4.1 innings.
Nationals vs Mets Head-To-Head
The New York Mets have a 13-5 edge against the Washington Nationals, easily winning the season series for a second straight year. New York is 6-2 at home against Washington in 2022.
The Nationals have not posted a winning record on the road against the Mets since the 2017 season, when they went 8-2 in New York. A look at the MLB lines for Wednesday’s contest show the Mets as favored to win yet again.
Nationals vs Mets Game Information
- Game: Nationals (55-106) vs Mets (100-61)
- Location: Citi Field, Queens, NY
- Day/Time: Wednesday, Oct. 5, 4:10 p.m. ET
- Nationals vs Mets Live Stream: MLB.tv
Nationals vs Mets Betting Lines
E. Fedde -R
|+1½ -190||+120||7½ Evo||3½ Evo
|New York Mets
T. Williams -R
|-1½ +160||-130||7½ -120u||3½ -135o
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 have nothing to play for, but they want to keep their momentum heading into Friday’s Wild Card series. The Washington Nationals didn’t put up much of a fight on Tuesday night, and that will likely be the case in this one.
When doing your MLB betting, take New York to pick up the home win.