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Washington Nationals vs. Milwaukee Brewers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/19/14

Milwaukee Brewers (53-43) at Washington Nationals (51-42)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)

Matt Garza (R) (6-6) (3.691) vs. Gio Gonzalez (L) (6-5) (3.564)

The Line: Washington Nationals -130 / Milwaukee Brewers +120 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN-WI, WUSA 9, MASN

The Milwaukee Brewers and Washington Nationals meet for game two on Saturday night.

Although the Brewers have won two games in a row, they’re 3-10 in the month of July. The Brewers have allowed four or more runs in 11 of their last 15 games. Overall, the Brewers have an ERA of 3.78, 13th best in the majors. The Brewers have lost 10 straight when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Ryan Braun has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games and Khris Davis has homered in back-to-back games. Matt Garza takes the hill, and he’s 6-6 with a 3.69 ERA and has 93 strikeouts in 124.1 innings. Garza is 0-2 with a 5.74 ERA in five career starts against the Nationals.

Washington Nationals vs. Milwaukee Brewers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/19/14

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The Nationals have lost four of their last seven games and are trying to remain in the NL East hunt. The Nationals offense has been held to three or less runs in five of their last eight games and have lost four straight when that’s the case. Ian Desmond has an extra base hit in four straight games and Jayson Werth has homered five times in his last 10 games. Pitching, the Nationals have an ERA of 3.08. Starting is Gio Gonzalez, who is 6-5 with a 3.56 ERA and has 85 strikeouts in 83.1 innings. Gonzalez is 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA in three career starts against the Brewers.

The Brewers are 4-1 in Garzas last 5 starts during game 2 of a series and 1-4 in Garzas last 5 starts vs. National League East. The Nationals are 10-4 in their last 14 overall and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. National League Central. 

The Nationals have creamed Garza in the few times they've played and the Nats bats should wake up after being quiet on Friday. I'll take Washington for the cheap price. 

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Washington Nationals -130

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