MLB Monday Preview
New York Mets at Washington Nationals
Monday, July 3, 6:05 p.m. (ET)
Money Line: New York +159 Washington -169
Total Line: 8.5
New York at Washington Game Overview
The Mets’ recent four-game winning streak came to an end on Sunday with a 7-1 loss to Philadelphia as -139 home favorites. The total stayed UNDER closing 9.5-run line in that game and it has stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in five of their last six contests. New York is 38-43 overall this year with an even 19-19 record on the road. The total has stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in four of their last five road games.
New York is expected to go with Steven Matz as its starter for Monday’s game. The left-hander will be making his fifth start of the year and he comes in at 2-1 with a 2.67 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP. He held Miami scoreless through seven innings on June 28 to pick up the win; however he also got knocked around by the Nationals earlier that month with four earned runs on eight hits including three home runs.
Washington was able to snap a three-game skid on Sunday with a 7-2 victory against St. Louis as a -161 road favorite in the final game of that weekend series. The total went OVER the seven-run closing line after staying UNDER or ending as a PUSH in six of the Nationals’ previous seven contests. They are 7.5 games up on Atlanta in the NL East at 48-34 with a 22-17 record at home and something to look at when making your MLB spread picks.
Look for Stephen Strasburg to be on the mound for Washington in Game 1 of this week’s three-game set. He has picked up the win in two of his last three starts to improve to 9-2 on the year. His ERA now stands at 3.51 and the right-hander’s WHIP is 1.10. Strasburg last faced the Mets on June 17 and he held them to two earned runs on six hits through 5 1/3 innings to pick up the win. In last week’s start against the Chicago Cubs, he struck out 13 batters on his way to victory No. 9.
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