Nationals vs Mets Preview and Free Pick – July 8th 2016

Washington (51-36) at NY Mets (47-38)
When: Friday, July 8th 2016
Where: Citi Field, New York, NY
Time: 7:10 ET | TV: MASN, SNY

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The Washington Nationals and New York Mets continue their four-game series Friday night at Citi Field after the home team took a wild game one 9-7. The Mets climbed to within three games of the N.L. East leading Nationals by clubbing four homers and coming back from deficits of 4-1 and 6-4. Jose Reyes hit a solo homerun, his first in three games since returning to the Mets, while Wilmer Flores put the club ahead for good in the fifth inning with a three-run blast – his third homer in two days and fifth in as many games. Thursday’s loss was the third in four games for Washington, which has dropped eight of its last nine on the road. The Nationals entered the series with a 6-3 record against the Mets this season, including a three-game sweep at home from June 27-29 during which they outscored New York 20-6. Daniel Murphy continued to torment his former team, going 2-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs on Thursday to improve to 17-for-40 (.425) with five HRs and 14 RBIs over the first 10 games of the season series. Washington 1B Ryan Zimmerman sat out the series opener due to undisclosed soreness and is listed as day-to-day.

Pitchers: Nationals – Stephen Strasburg (11-0, 2.71 ERA) | Mets – Noah Syndergaard (9-3, 2.41)

Stephen Strasburg brings his perfect 11-0 record into tonight’s contest and will be making his second start since coming off the disabled list last week. Strasburg struck out five while walking four over 6.2 hitless innings in a victory against Cincinnati on Sunday. The San Diego native has allowed fewer than two runs in 10 of his 15 starts this season and has accumulated 123 strikeouts to only 28 walks in 99.2 innings. Strasburg improved to 6-3 in 11 career starts against New York after back-to-back victories in May during which he gave up three runs and 10 hits with 21 strikeouts and three walks in 12.2 innings.

Noah Syndergaard bounced back from one of his poorest outings of the season with a gem against the Cubs on Sunday allowing one run in seven innings. His previous outing was an 11-4 loss at the hands of the Nationals who hit him for five runs in just three innings of work. That was his only loss in his last eight decisions and has yielded less than three runs in six of those contests.

This pitching matchup should be a good one as both are pretty equal. With that being said, I have to go with the hotter team right now. The Mets have won seven of eight while the Nationals are really struggling on the road. Look for the Mets to pull out a close low-scoring affair.

Pick: Mets +100

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