Nationals at Indians - 7/26/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Nationals (58-41) at Cleveland Indians (56-41)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Progressive Field)
G Gonzalez (6-8) (4.53) vs. D Salazar (11-3) (2.75)
The Line: Cleveland Indians / Washington Nationals --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Washington Nationals and Cleveland Indians begin a two-game series Tuesday night.
The Washington Nationals could use a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Nationals have allowed 17 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in four of their last six games. The Washington Nationals have an ERA of 3.28 and have lost five straight when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Daniel Murphy leads Washington with 127 hits, Wilson Ramos has 53 RBI and Anthony Rendon has 11 home runs. Gio Gonzalez gets the nod, and he’s 6-8 with a 4.53 ERA and 110 strikeouts this season. Gonzalez is 5-0 with a 0.81 ERA and 41 strikeouts in his career against the Indians.
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The Cleveland Indians also need a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Indians have allowed 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Cleveland Indians have an ERA of 3.63 and have lost 11 of their last 12 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Francisco Lindor leads Cleveland with 113 hits, Jason Kipnis has 52 RBI and Carlos Santana has 21 home runs. Danny Salazar takes the hill, and he’s 11-3 with a 2.75 ERA and 125 strikeouts this season. This will be Salazar’s first career game against the Nationals.
The Nationals are 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 3-8 in Gonzalezs last 11 starts. The Indians are 5-2 in their last 7 games following an off day and 8-1 in Salazars last 9 starts. The under is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.
The Nationals have been playing some sloppy baseball in the second half and going against a guy like Salazar isn't going to help. You have to give the big edge to the Indians at home.