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Preview: Nationals (9-6) at Mets (8-7)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 2
Venue: Citi Field
Date: September 10, 2013 7:10 PM EDT
  

Gio Gonzalez and the Washington Nationals nearly no-hit the New York Mets on Monday, adding to their offensive woes at home.

Things might not be much easier for the Mets on Tuesday night as Washington sends Jordan Zimmermann to the mound looking for his NL-leading 17th victory.

The Nationals (74-69) claimed their 16th victory in 20 tries at Citi Field and their fifth in six games overall on Monday with a 9-0 win. Gonzalez yielded only a seventh-inning single while recording his second career shutout.

It was a continuation of New York's yearlong struggles at home. The Mets' 235 runs at home are the fewest in baseball and their .224 batting average is the lowest. They've tallied 24 runs while losing seven of nine at home, which even includes an 11-3 victory over Philadelphia on Aug. 29.

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"Fortunately, we put a ball in play where no one was at so we go home at least knowing we didn't get no-hit," manager Terry Collins said. "Obviously, we feel very fortunate."

New York (64-78) appears to again have its work cut out Tuesday against Zimmermann (16-8, 3.30 ERA), who is tied with Adam Wainwright for the league's most victories.

Since matching a career worst by allowing eight runs in a loss to the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 19, Zimmermann's posted a 2.82 ERA in three starts - though that includes a 3-2 defeat to the Mets on Aug. 30. The right-hander allowed three runs and six hits over 7 2-3 innings, falling to 0-3 in four starts versus New York this year despite a 3.29 ERA. He's received a total of two runs of support over 27 1-3 innings in those games.

Washington's offense appears poised to provide better support given its recent play. The Nationals have totaled 24 runs and 36 hits while winning three in a row despite being without Bryce Harper, who likely won't return until Wednesday due to a sore left hip.

"All the tests, the MRI and all that didn't reveal any structural damage," manager Davey Johnson told the team's official website. "There is just some inflammation in there. If you take care of that, he is good to go."

The Nationals opened Monday's game with back-to-back homers from Denard Span and Ryan Zimmerman, with Span's extending his hitting streak to 20 games. Span also collected two more singles and is 34 for 83 (.410) during the streak whiles scoring 14 runs.

They'll face Dillon Gee (11-9, 3.53), who has foiled Nationals before. He's 4-1 with a 2.16 ERA in five starts versus Washington this year, though he has surrendered five homers over 14 2-3 innings in the last two.

The right-hander is riding a 10-start stretch overall in which he's 5-2 with a 1.94 ERA while throwing at least seven innings seven times. He's also gone at least six frames in 13 straight outings.

Washington catcher Wilson Ramos, who also homered Monday, is hitting .427 in 25 career games versus New York with 22 RBIs.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Nationals at Mets
Mon, Sep 9 Final 9 to 0
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GAME 2
Nationals at Mets
Tue, Sep 10 Final 6 to 3
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GAME 3
Nationals at Mets
Wed, Sep 11 Final 3 to 0
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GAME 4
Nationals at Mets
Thu, Sep 12 Final 7 to 2
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 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 WAS  -135   +125   7 
 NYM  +125   -145   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 WAS  -138   +115   7 
 NYM  +128   -135   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 WAS         
 NYM         
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Sep 9, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 9 Cover: +100 
 NYM 0 Over: 9 
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 Sep 1, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 NYM 5 Over: 11 
 WAS 6 Cover: +100 
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 Aug 31, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 NYM 11 Cover: +155 
 WAS 3 Over: 14 
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 Aug 30, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 NYM 3 Cover: +180 
 WAS 2 Under: 5 
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 Jul 28, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 NYM 1 Over: 15 
 WAS 14 Cover: +100 
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 Jul 27, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 NYM 1 Under: 5 
 WAS 4 Cover: +100 
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 Jul 26, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 NYM 1 Under: 3 
 WAS 2 Cover: +115 
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 Jul 26, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 NYM 11 Cover: +225 
 WAS 0 Over: 11 
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 Jun 30, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 13 Cover: +100 
 NYM 2 Over: 15 
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 Jun 29, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 1 Under: 6 
 NYM 5 Cover: +100 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Tuesday, Sep 10
 
    Yankees at Orioles
7:05 PM EDT
    Angels at Blue Jays
7:05 PM EDT
    Royals at Indians
7:05 PM EDT
    Padres at Phillies
7:05 PM EDT
    Braves at Marlins
7:10 PM EDT
    Nationals at Mets
7:10 PM EDT
    Cubs at Reds
7:10 PM EDT
    Red Sox at Rays
7:10 PM EDT
    Pirates at Rangers
8:05 PM EDT
    Tigers at White Sox
8:10 PM EDT
    Athletics at Twins
8:10 PM EDT
    Brewers at Cardinals
8:15 PM EDT
    Astros at Mariners
10:10 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Dodgers
10:10 PM EDT
    Rockies at Giants
10:15 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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