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Oakland Athletics vs. Washington Nationals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 5/9/14

Washington Nationals (19-15) at Oakland Athletics (20-15)

MLB Baseball: Friday, May 9, 2014 at 10:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)

Doug Fister (R) (0-0) (0.00) vs. Tom Milone (L) (0-3) (5.855)

The Line: Oakland Athletics -129 / Washington Nationals +119 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: MASN2, CSN-California

The Oakland A’s and the Washington Nationals face off on Friday for game one of their interleague series in Oakland.

The Oakland A’s lead the AL West but they haven’t been playing their best baseball of late and they have three chasers all within three games. The A’s are 7-9 at home, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and have outscored their opponents by 44 runs. As a team the A’s are hitting .250 with Jed Lowrie hitting .266, Josh Donaldson hitting .262, and Brandon Moss hitting .261. The Oakland pitching staff has an ERA of 3.05 with the starters at 3.25 and the bullpen at 2.68. For game one against the Nats the A’s start Tom Milone who is still looking for his first win of the year and who has lost his last two starts. For the season Milone has allowed 31 hits and 18 earned runs while striking out 16 over 27.2 innings for a 0-3 record and a 5.86 ERA.

Oakland Athletics vs. Washington Nationals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 5/9/14

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The Washington Nationals are tied atop a very crowded NL East as they head West. The Nationals are 8-6 on the road this season, 6-4 in their last 10 games, and have outscored their opponents by 14 runs. As a team the Nationals are hitting .258 with Adam LaRoche hitting .324, Jayson Werth hitting .313, and Anthony Rendon hitting .295. As a team the Nationals pitching staff has an ERA of 3.03 with the starters at 3.55 and the bullpen at 2.11. For game one at Oakland the Nationals start Doug Fister who makes his first start of the year and his first start for the Nationals as he has been on the DL with a strained lat muscle. Last season in Detroit Fister allowed 229 hits and 85 earned runs while striking out 159 over 208.2innings for a 14-9 record and a 3.67 ERA.

Oakland is 4-1 against a team with a winning record, 22-10 in their last 32 interleague games, and 6-1 in Milone’s last seven interleague starts. Washington is 6-1 in their last seven interleague games against a left-handed starter, 20-8 following an off day, and 3-9 following a win.

These are two teams that really just don’t play one another all that often, with their last meeting coming in 2005, and that are really similar in that they rely on solid starting pitching and timely hitting. Oakland is just 2-5 in their last seven games so maybe it is a slight edge at best to the Nats who make the cross country road trip but they have Fister going who is used to pitching in the AL but really this is a lean at best. 

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Washington Nationals +119

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