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Preview: Mets (47-54) at Nationals (54-44)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 3
Venue: Nationals Park
Date: June 06, 2013 7:05 PM EDT
  

Gio Gonzalez may be looking forward to just stepping on the mound.

Some production from the bats would be a welcome change.

After being named in a report involving an investigation about performance-enhancing drugs, Gonzalez attempts to win for the first time in a month and help the Washington Nationals take this three-game series with the New York Mets on Thursday night.

Gonzalez (3-3, 3.64 ERA) was among the names revealed in a report involving an MLB investigation of players linked to an anti-aging clinic in Miami. As many as 20 players could be suspended for using PEDs, but the left-hander is expected to avoid punishment since he's linked to legal substances.

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"We came into spring training with this kind of cloud over the team, and Gio came in and took the reins and explained exactly what happened," reliever Tyler Clippard, who is also the team's union player representative, told the team's official website. "He wanted to make sure that he explained it to his teammates, which he did. I think he explained to the media just as well as he explained it to us.

"For me, knowing Gio, knowing the kind of guy that he is, I believe him wholeheartedly. He has done it the right way, in my opinion."

Gonzalez, who finished third in NL Cy Young Award voting last year, has been superb over his last five starts. He's compiled a 2.14 ERA while limiting opponents to a .190 average and one homer, but is 0-1 since he's been backed by one run in four of those outings.

That was the theme again Saturday, when he yielded one run and three hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings of a 2-1 loss in 10 at Atlanta. Despite the offense's struggles, Gonzalez isn't faulting his teammates.

"I'm proud of these guys," he said. "They worked their tails off. They do it every game. I'm not disappointed at all. They're playing their hearts out."

Offense hasn't been an issue over Gonzalez's last four starts against the Mets (23-33), since he's 3-0 with a 2.78 ERA while being backed by an average of 8.3 runs. He needed the help April 20, when he allowed five runs with four walks in four innings of a 7-6 win at New York.

The Nationals, however, have batted .197 and scored 11 runs in losing four of their last six games.

Ryan Zimmerman, the team leader with 28 RBIs, is 4 for 25 over that stretch while stranding six runners and going 0 for 3 with them in scoring position.

The Nationals (29-30) had 10 hits - five doubles - Wednesday, but went 2 for 13 with four strikeouts with runners in scoring position to fall 10-1 to the Mets after taking the series opener 3-2 a day earlier.

New York halted a four-game slide Wednesday, and is trying to build momentum by giving Shaun Marcum (0-6, 5.71 ERA) his eighth chance at his first victory. His start to the season is the worst by a Met since Mike Pelfrey went 0-7 in 2007.

Marcum, though, isn't entirely to blame. The veteran right-hander has been backed by an average of 2.6 runs, and he didn't get any while allowing four runs in 6 2-3 innings of Friday's 5-1 loss at Miami.

Marcum is 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA with 14 strikeouts in 13 innings over two career starts against the Nationals.

Marlon Byrd is looking to build on his two homers and three RBIs from Wednesday. The right fielder is 7 for 19 (.368) with four homers while plating eight runs in seven road games.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Mets at Nationals
Tue, Jun 4 Final 2 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Mets at Nationals
Wed, Jun 5 Final 10 to 1
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Mets at Nationals
Thu, Jun 6 - 7:05PM EDT
 Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 NYM  +165   -145   7 
 WAS  -180   +125   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 NYM  +160   -140   7 
 WAS  -180   +120   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 NYM  30%   4%   48% 
 WAS  70%   96%   52% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Jun 5, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 NYM 10 Cover: +145 
 WAS 1 Over: 11 
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 Jun 4, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 NYM 2 Under: 5 
 WAS 3 Cover: +100 
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 Apr 21, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 0 Under: 2 
 NYM 2 Cover: +122 
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 Apr 20, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 7 Cover: +100 
 NYM 6 Over: 13 
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 Apr 19, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 1 Over: 8 
 NYM 7 Cover: +100 
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 Mar 28, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 NYM 1 Under: 6 
 WAS 5 Cover: +100 
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 Mar 23, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 1 Over: 4 
 NYM 3 Cover: +110 
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 Feb 28, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 NYM 4 Over: 8 
 WAS 4 Cover: +100 
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 Feb 25, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 6 Cover: +100 
 NYM 4 Over: 10 
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 Feb 23, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 3 Over: 8 
 NYM 5 Cover: +105 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Thursday, Jun 6
 
    Rays at Tigers
1:05 PM EDT
    Orioles at Astros
2:10 PM EDT
    Mets at Nationals
7:05 PM EDT
    Rangers at Red Sox
7:10 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Cardinals
7:15 PM EDT
    Athletics at White Sox
8:10 PM EDT
    Twins at Royals
8:10 PM EDT
    Phillies at Brewers
8:10 PM EDT
    Padres at Rockies
8:40 PM EDT
    Yankees at Mariners
10:10 PM EDT
    Braves at Dodgers
10:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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