Chicago White Sox vs. Washington Nationals - 6/7/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Nationals (34-23) at Chicago White Sox (29-28)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 8:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
Joe Ross (5-4) (2.52) vs. M Latos (6-1) (4.02)
The Line: Chicago White Sox +114 / Washington Nationals -124 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSCh, MAS2
Down on the South Side at US Cellular Field on Tuesday, we’ve got game one MLB action coming between the Washington Nationals and the Chicago White Sox.
The Nationals just finished up a weekend set against the Reds. Washington dropped the first two games by a combined eight runs before preventing the sweep with a 10-9 squeaker on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the White Sox tangled with the Tigers this weekend. Chicago lost all three games there 10-3, 7-4 and 5-2. That trend continues a disturbing slide for the White Sox dating back to last month.
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The Nationals will be turning to right-hander Joe Ross to open things up Tuesday. In 10 starts and a 5-4 record, Ross has put together a nice 2.37 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP in 60.2 innings. Last Tuesday, Ross held the Phillies to just one run in seven frames for a victory in his most recent appearance.
It’s pretty easy to find the key contributors on the Washington roster. Daniel Murphy has been on fire with 81 hits, 34 RBI, three triples, 10 homers and 37 RBI thus far. Wilson Ramos is also playing very well with 56 hits, 21 runs and 31 RBI. Bryce Harper holds a team-high 13 home runs with 34 RBI, 42 hits and 34 runs.
Right-hander Mat Latos will be getting the call for the White Sox on Tuesday. In his 10 starts with a 6-1 record this year, Latos holds a 4.02 ERA with a 1.41 WHIP in 56 innings. When we last saw him, Latos gave up four runs (two earned) in five innings against the Mets for a no-decision last Tuesday.
The Chicago batting order came out of the gate strong, but has stumbled a bit lately. Adam Eaton heads the charge on 60 hits with 22 runs and 18 RBI. Jose Abreu has 56 hits with 21 runs and 30 RBI. Todd Frazier has a team-high 18 homers with 40 RBI and 35 runs, but is hitting just .219 on the year.
The Nationals are 4-1 in their last five interleague road games, and 4-1 in their last five games versus a right-handed starter. Washington is also 7-2 in their last nine against the American League Central, but 1-4 in Ross’ last five Tuesday starts.
As for the White Sox, they’re 4-1 in their last five against the National League East, and 2-5 in their last seven home games. Chicago is also 4-1 in Latos’ last five home starts, and 8-2 in Latos’ last 10 starts overall.
I like the pitching matchup here, so I don’t see a whole lot of runs being scored early. That said, I can’t pick the flailing White Sox for anything right now, so give me the Nats for the victory.