The Washington Nationals are 16-4 over their last 20 games after losing the first game of a three-game series against the New York Mets on Monday. The Nationals will try to swing the series back in their favor on Tuesday night with both teams sending their aces to the mound.
Washington is a -126 home favorite on the MLB odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Max Scherzer gets the start for the home team going up against Jacob deGrom and the Mets as +121 road underdogs.
New York Mets at Washington Nationals
When: Tuesday, August 3, 7:05 p.m. ET
Where: Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
Betting Line / Total: Washington -126 / 7.5 Runs
Despite Washington’s impressive 16-4 run over its last 20 games, the Nationals haven’t been able to gain any ground on the Atlanta Braves in the NL East as the Braves have also gone 16-4 over their last 20 games. So with a 77-59 record, the Nationals seem pretty firmly settled into the top NL wild card spot with 26 games remaining in the regular season. Their +119 run differential is second-best in the NL and 26 runs higher that Atlanta’s +93.
Including the 7-3 loss to the Mets in Monday’s series opener, the Nationals are now just 1-7 SU in their last eight games against New York per the OddsShark MLB Database.
Monday’s win over Washington brought New York’s record up to 70-67 on the season. The Mets’ playoff chances took a major hit last week when the team got swept in back-to-back series against the Braves and the Chicago Cubs, the team they now sit four games behind for the second NL wild card spot. But since that 0-6 stretch, the Mets are 3-1 over their last four games, and 17 of their last 23 games come at home after they wrap up this road series. New York is 1-3 in deGrom’s last four starts.
Mets at Nationals Betting Total
Tuesday night’s total is set at 7.5. The OVER is 6-1 in the last seven games between the Mets and Nationals.
This divisional series wraps up on Wednesday night with Zack Wheeler facing Anibal Sanchez. Sanchez led the Nationals to a 4-1 record in the month of August while Wheeler has led the Mets to a 5-2 record over his last seven starts.
For more odds information, betting picks and a breakdown of this week’s top sports betting news check out the OddsShark podcast. Subscribe on iTunes or Spotify or listen to it at OddsShark.libsyn.com.