Chicago White Sox vs. Washington Nationals - 6/8/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Nationals (34-23) at Chicago White Sox (29-28)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 8:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
M Scherzer (6-4) (3.87) vs. J Shields (2-7) (4.28)
The Line: Chicago White Sox +142 / Washington Nationals -152 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Washington Nationals and Chicago White Sox continue their exciting interleague series at The Cell on Wednesday night.
The Nationals offense woke up in a big way on the road last night against the White Sox and they will look to continue on Wednesday as the teams face off once again with the Nats looking for their 36th win of the season. Washington was considered a World Series contender heading into the season as they have a pretty potent offense and a front end rotation that rivals any in baseball with Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer holding it down and with the NL East being so tight the Nationals know that these series against American League foes are just as important as divisional show down. Max Scherzer will get the start here as he looks to improve on his 6-4 start as he will face off against newly acquired James Shields who will make his White Sox debut.
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The Sox meanwhile have cooled off considerably since their red hot start and are now sitting at the .500 mark with a 29-29 record and will need to bounce back in a hurry to keep pace in the AL Central. Chicago has a very nice roster and a rotation led by Chris Sale but the back end of their pitching staff and some question marks in the pen have them struggling to a 2-8 record in their last 10 contests and fading fast. The Sox are 13-12 at home this season while the Nationals are 19-12 on the road and hold the edge on the bump in this one.
Washington is 4-1 in their last five interleague road games, 5-0 in their last five road games against a team with a winning record, and 7-2 in their last nine aginast the AL Central while the White Sox are 1-4 in their last five Wednesday games, 1-7 in their last eight during game two of a series, and 5-16 in their last 21 overall. Washington is the better team right now and with Scherzer on the mound their really isn’t an alternative despite Shields looking to make some noise with his new team.