Nationals vs. Tigers - 5/11/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Tigers (15-17) at Washington Nationals (20-13)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)
J Zimmermann (5-1) (1.10) vs. M Scherzer (3-2) (4.60)
The Line: Washington Nationals -160 / Detroit Tigers +147 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The Detroit Tigers and Washington Nationals play a rubber game Wednesday night.
The Detroit Tigers could use a win after losing five of their last six games. The Tigers have allowed 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine straight games. The Detroit Tigers have an ERA of 4.45 and have lost 10 of their last 13 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Nick Castellanos leads Detroit with 42 hits, Ian Kinsler has 17 RBI and Victor Martinez has five home runs. Jordan Zimmermann gets the ball, and he’s 5-1 with a 1.10 ERA and 25 strikeouts this season. This will be Zimmermann’s first career game against the Nationals.
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The Washington Nationals could also use a win after losing five of their last six games. The Nationals have allowed 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last eight games. The Washington Nationals have an ERA of 2.84 and have lost seven of their last nine games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Daniel Murphy leads Washington with 49 hits, Bryce Harper has 27 RBI and Jayson Werth has six home runs. Max Scherzer takes the hill, and he’s 3-2 with a 4.60 ERA and 46 strikeouts this season. This will be Scherzer’s second career game against the Tigers.
The Tigers are 2-5 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series and 5-1 in Zimmermanns last 6 starts. The Nationals are 73-35 in their last 108 Wednesday games and 1-4 in their last 5 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Tigers are 8-3 in the last 11 meetings.
Neither team is playing well at the moment, so I'm siding with a pitcher who is 5-1 this season and the plus money. Also, Zimmermann knows this Washington lineup, so that may help. I like the value of Detroit and this line.