Baltimore Orioles vs. Washington Nationals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/10/14
Washington Nationals (48-40) at Baltimore Orioles (49-40)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Camden Yards)
Gio Gonzalez (L) (6-4) (3.522) vs. Wei-Yin Chen (L) (8-3) (4.119)
The Line: Baltimore Orioles -105 / Washington Nationals -105 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: WUSA 9, MASN, MASN 2
The Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals wrap up their series on Thursday night.
The Nationals are 5-2 in the month of July and are nine games above a .500 record. The Nationals offense has taken off since the return of Bryce Harper, scoring four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Nationals have won eight straight when that’s the case. Ian Desmond has hit safely in seven of his last nine games and Anthony Rendon has eight RBI in his last 10 games. The Nationals have the best ERA in baseball at 3.08. Starting is Gio Gonzalez, who is 6-4 with a 3.52 ERA and has 78 strikeouts in 76.2 innings. Gonzalez is 1-3 with a 3.75 ERA in six career starts against the Orioles.
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The Orioles are 6-2 in the month of July and eight games above .500. The Orioles are also hitting the ball well lately, producing four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Orioles haven’t lost a game this month when scoring more than three runs. Nelson Cruz has 14 hits in his last 10 games and Chris Davis has three RBI in this series. The Orioles have an ERA of 3.86. Taking the hill is Wei-Yin Chen, who is 8-3 with a 4.12 ERA and has 69 strikeouts in 98.1 innings. Chen is 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA in two career starts against the Nationals.
The Nationals are 4-1 in Gonzalezs last 5 starts with 4 days of rest and 27-12 in Gonzalezs last 39 road starts. The Orioles are 8-1 in Chens last 9 starts as a home underdog and 1-4 in Chens last 5 interleague starts.
The Orioles have been playing terrific baseball lately and Chen usually pitches his best when you least expect it. I'll take Baltimore at home.