MLB Preview: New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals

by Dirty on July 1, 2010

Nationals Baseball betting – If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Thursday when the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals meet at Nationals Park.

The Mets will give the ball to ace starter Johan Santana in this one. Lefthander Santana is 5-5 this season with a 3.55 ERA.

Santana’s opponent in this one will be Livan Hernandez. The Nationals righthander has a 3.10 ERA to go along with a 6-4 record this season.

Oddsmakers currently have the Mets listed as 126-moneyline favorites versus the Nationals, while the game’s total is sitting at 8.

David Wright smacked a two-run double as the Mets defeated the Marlins 6-5 on Wednesday. The Mets won the game as a -115 favorite, and the 11 runs made it OVER the posted over/under (9.5) set by sportsbooks.

Elmer Dessens earned the win in relief, and Francisco Rodriguez allowed two hits in collecting his 18th save.

The Braves took the rubber match in their three-game series on Wednesday, defeating the Nationals 4-1. Atlanta won that game as -165 favorites, while the five runs fell UNDER the posted over/under (8.5) set by sportsbooks.

J.D. Martin gave up three runs on six hits over five innings in a losing effort for Washington.

Team records:
New York: 44-34 SU
Washington: 34-45 SU

New York most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Washington are 2-8
After playing Florida are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

Washington most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing NY Mets are 7-3
After playing Atlanta are 6-4
After a loss are 2-8

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of NY Mets’s last 11 games when playing on the road against Washington
NY Mets are 17-7 SU in its last 24 games
The total has gone UNDER in 17 of NY Mets’s last 24 games when playing Washington
NY Mets are 8-4 SU in its last 12 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington’s last 5 games at home
Washington is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against NY Mets
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Washington’s last 11 games when playing at home against NY Mets
Washington is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing NY Mets

Next up:
Washington home to NY Mets, Friday, July 2

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