MLB Prediction: Washington Nationals vs New York Mets
The Washington Nationals (43-59) are set to clash with the New York Mets (47-53) at Citi Field, with the Mets enjoying the home field advantage. Despite both teams having losing records, the Mets show a promising 61.9% chance of winning according to ESPN Analytics. Delving into the teams' pitching, batting prowess, and recent injuries, we'll provide our best bet for the game.
Washington Nationals (43-59, 23-26 AWAY)
Josiah Gray is the slated starter for the Nationals. With a 7-8 record, a respectable 3.45 ERA, and a 1.44 WHIP, Gray brings a decent performance to the mound. Despite the relatively high WHIP, Gray's strikeout rate has been impressive, with 98 Ks this season.
Jeimer Candelario has been leading the Nationals in the home run department with 16 HRs, while Lane Thomas has been impressive with a .293 batting average and 54 RBIs. However, the Nationals have struggled offensively overall with a team average of .262.
Victor Robles's absence due to a 60-day injury list placement is a significant blow to the Nationals' outfield defense and offensive depth.
New York Mets (47-53, 23-22 HOME)
Kodai Senga will be on the mound for the Mets. His 7-5 record, a solid 3.27 ERA, and a 1.26 WHIP make him a formidable adversary. His superior strikeout rate, boasting 125 Ks, can pose a significant threat to the Nationals' lineup.
Pete Alonso has been the Mets' power source, smashing 28 home runs and driving in 68 runs. However, with a team average of .238, the Mets' hitting hasn't been as consistent as they would have liked.
Several players are out due to injury, including Starling Marte and Luis Guillorme. This could potentially affect the Mets' offensive and defensive capabilities, but they have shown resilience in the past games despite these setbacks.
Considering Senga's superior pitching performance, coupled with the Mets' solid home record and the Nationals' struggle on the road, a victory for the Mets seems to be the most promising bet. Additionally, the absence of Victor Robles in the Nationals' lineup could limit their offensive output. Senga has been pretty solid at home allowing 2 or less runs in his last couple starts in New York so it will be tough for the Nationals to hit the ball against him.
While the Mets' batting average isn't stellar, their home run power and their tenacity in overcoming injuries provide them a unique edge in this matchup. It won't be a cakewalk, but the Mets have shown the resilience required to pull off a win at Citi Field.
Pick: Mets ML