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Preview: Nationals (54-44) at Mets (47-53)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 3
Venue: Citi Field
Date: June 30, 2013 1:10 PM EDT
  

New York Mets manager Terry Collins revealed this week Zack Wheeler had been tipping his breaking pitches.

The rookie right-hander doesn't think that'll be an issue moving forward.

Wheeler will make his Citi Field debut Sunday in the series finale against the Washington Nationals.

While it's hard to make many conclusions about Wheeler (1-0, 3.18 ERA) after two major league starts, Collins - and others - noticed the 23-year-old has been telegraphing his off-speed stuff. Collins said the staff briefly addressed it with Wheeler during a 5-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday when he gave up four runs in 5 1-3 innings.

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"Guys look for it all the time. It starts with the glove,' said Collins, who said he received about 10 text messages and emails from those who pinpointed Wheeler's flaw. "Moving the glove there's different things to look for and then all of sudden you start to look when he speeds up, when he slows down, what the pitches are. You start to get a read on it.'

Wheeler, who threw six shutout innings in his debut - a 6-1 victory over Atlanta on June 18 - also has been working with pitching coach Dan Warthen to correct his arm slot.

"I don't think it's anything too difficult," the 2009 first-round pick told the Mets' official website. "Just a little small tweak here and there, and we'll be good to go."

Wheeler's curveball improved his last time out, but getting ahead of hitters - he's already thrown 211 pitches and walked eight - are a concern.

So is the Mets' 15-24 record in Queens, but New York (33-44) has a chance to win its second series over the Nationals (40-40) in town this season after evening this three-game set with Saturday's 5-1 victory.

Winners of nine of 14 overall, the Mets will get their second look at Gio Gonzalez (4-3, 3.31) this season.

The left-hander yielded five runs, walked four and lasted just four innings in a 7-6 victory at Citi Field on April 20 - the Nationals' only victory in that three-game set.

Since then, Gonzalez has surrendered two runs or fewer in 10 of 12 starts. He has a 2.16 ERA in five appearances this month, but he has just one win to show for that. That came Tuesday when he allowed two runs in 6 1-3 innings of a 7-5 win over Arizona, his first victory in nine starts.

The two-time All-Star had a 2.18 run-support average since his last victory May 5.

"Seeing these guys come alive, swing the bat, it's always a nice thing to see, especially when you start getting in a rhythm like that,' Gonzalez said.

Mets newcomer Eric Young Jr. is in a nice rhythm, batting .400 with seven RBIs during a team-best eight-game hitting streak.

New York's Marlon Byrd and David Wright, who both went 1 for 2 off Gonzalez on April 20, lead the team with six and five homers, respectively, this month.

Washington shortstop Ian Desmond has eight homers this month with 25 RBIs - the most by a National in June. The franchise record for RBIs in June was 30 set by Moises Alou in 1994 with Montreal.

Desmond has team highs of three homers and five RBIs as Washington has dropped four of seven to New York this season.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Nationals at Mets
Fri, Jun 28 Final 6 to 4
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Nationals at Mets
Sat, Jun 29 Final 1 to 5
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Nationals at Mets
Sun, Jun 30 Final 13 to 2
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 WAS  -136   +125   7.5 
 NYM  +126   -145   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 WAS  -140   +125   7 
 NYM  +130   -145   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 WAS  84%   98%   41% 
 NYM  16%   2%   59% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Jun 29, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 1 Under: 6 
 NYM 5 Cover: +100 
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 Jun 28, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 6 Cover: +150 
 NYM 4 Over: 10 
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 Jun 6, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 NYM 0 Under: 0 
 WAS 0 Cover: +100 
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 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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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Sunday, Jun 30
 
    Padres at Marlins
1:10 PM EDT
    Nationals at Mets
1:10 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Red Sox
1:35 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Braves
1:35 PM EDT
    Brewers at Pirates
1:35 PM EDT
    Tigers at Rays
1:40 PM EDT
    Indians at White Sox
2:10 PM EDT
    Royals at Twins
2:10 PM EDT
    Angels at Astros
2:10 PM EDT
    Reds at Rangers
3:05 PM EDT
    Cardinals at Athletics
4:05 PM EDT
    Cubs at Mariners
4:10 PM EDT
    Giants at Rockies
4:10 PM EDT
    Phillies at Dodgers
4:10 PM EDT
    Yankees at Orioles
8:05 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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