Orioles vs. Nationals - 7/12/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Nationals (46-39) at Baltimore Orioles (44-42)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 1:35 pm (Camden Yards)
Max Scherzer vs. W Chen (4-4) (2.82)
The Line: Baltimore Orioles / Washington Nationals --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN2, MASN
The Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles play a rubber game Sunday afternoon.
The Washington Nationals look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Nationals have scored nine runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last eight games. The Nationals have lost five of their last seven games when scoring three or less runs. Yunel Escobar leads Washington with 94 hits and 27 RBI while Bryce Harper and Ian Desmond have combined for 85 RBI. The Washington Nationals have split their last eight road games. Max Scherzer gets the ball, and he’s 9-7 with a 2.12 ERA and 143 strikeouts this season. Scherzer is 3-1 with a 3.92 ERA and 45 strikeouts in his career against the Orioles.
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The Baltimore Orioles need a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Orioles have scored 10 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last eight games. The Orioles have lost six of their last seven games when scoring three or less runs. Manny Machado leads Baltimore with 101 hits and 48 RBI while Adam Jones and Chris Davis have combined for 93 RBI. The Baltimore Orioles have split their last eight home games. Wei-Yin Chen takes the hill, and he’s 4-4 with a 2.82 ERA and 83 strikeouts this season. Chen is 1-2 with a 6.60 ERA and 15 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.
The Nationals are 22-6 in their last 28 Sunday games and 5-2 in Scherzers last 7 road starts. The Orioles are 38-18 in their last 56 during game 3 of a series and 5-1 in Chens last 6 starts. The Nationals are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Baltimore.
Are the Orioles really going to head into the All Star break playing this poorly? This feels like a game Baltimore has to win to stop the bleeding and make the team feel good about itself heading into a week off. I'll side with the home team on a quick turnaround.