Washington Nationals vs. Milwaukee Brewers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/18/14
Milwaukee Brewers (53-43) at Washington Nationals (51-42)
MLB Baseball: Friday, July 18, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)
Kyle Lohse (R) (9-4) (3.260) vs. Stephen Strasburg (R) (7-6) (3.456)
The Line: Washington Nationals -158 / Milwaukee Brewers +148 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-WI, MASN
The Milwaukee Brewers and Washington Nationals take the field Friday at Nationals Park.
The Brewers have lost 10 of their 12 games in the month of July, but somehow remain 10 games above a .500 record. The Brewers offense, which has been consistent all season, has been held to three or less runs in eight of their last 12 games. Ryan Braun has nine hits in his last five games and Khris Davis has five RBI in his last three games. Pitching wise, the Brewers have the 13th best ERA at 3.78. Kyle Lohse takes the hill, and he’s 9-4 with a 3.26 ERA and has 95 strikeouts in 127 innings. Lohse is 5-2 with a 4.75 ERA in 16 career games against the Nationals.
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The Nationals finished the first half of the season strong by winning 10 of their last 14 games and improving to nine games above .500. The Nationals offense has exploded lately, producing four or more runs in eight of their last 13 games. Ian Desmond has hit safely in eight of his last nine games and Jayson Werth has homered four times in his last five games. The Nationals pitching staff has the best ERA at 3.08. Starting is Stephen Strasburg, who is 7-6 with a 3.46 ERA and has 149 strikeouts in 125 innings. Strasburg is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in two career starts against the Brewers.
The Brewers are 8-2 in Lohses last 10 starts vs. National League East and 12-4 in Lohses last 16 road starts. The Nationals are 10-4 in Strasburgs last 14 home starts and 5-2 in Strasburgs last 7 starts during game 1 of a series. The Brewers are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings.
Maybe the break helps the Brewers to get back on track? Who knows. I do know the Brewers are one of the best teams in the NL and Strasburg hasn't been great this season. I'll take the road team and the plus money.