Oakland Athletics vs. Washington Nationals Pick-Odds-Prediction - 5/11/14
Washington Nationals (19-16) at Oakland Athletics (21-15)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 4:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)
Gio Gonzalez (L) (3-2) (2.908) vs. Scott Kazmir (L) (4-1) (2.639)
The Line: Oakland Athletics -131 / Washington Nationals +121 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN2, CSN-California
The Washington Nationals and Oakland Athletics take the field in the series rubber match Sunday.
I thought Washington had turned the corner and was ready to make a drive to the top of the National League East but not yet after a 4-3, ten inning loss at Oakland on Saturday left the team staring at defeats in five of seven. This one was a game that definitely got away with Tanner Roark allowing one run on two hits in 7.2 frames before Rafael Soriano allowed two runs in the 9th to blow the save while Drew Storen loss it in the 10th with a run allowed. Danny Espinosa homered and Kevin Frandsen drove in a pair in a three run third that held up until the pen meltdown. Gio Gonzalez is scheduled to face his former team for the first time in his career. Gonzalez was very sharp las time out in a 1-0 loss to Philadelphia with the lone run plated on four hits in 7.1 innings.
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After losing five of six to look ordinary and put their claim to the top spot in the American League West in jeopardy the Athletics have reeled off the wins in a row after a late rally gave them a 4-3 victory versus the visiting Nationals. Sonny Gray was outstanding with three runs plated on six hits and a pair of free passes but that turned out to be a no decision. The Athhletics posted only seven hits but made them count with John Jasco delivering a two run homer while Jed Lowrie and Josh Donaldson drove in single runs. Oakland turns to Scott Kazmir on the mound to end the series with Washington with a win. Kazmir has not been at the top of his game in his last two outings with seven runs scored on 15 hits in eleven frames.
The way Washington hits left handers it is tough to not back them and maybe foolish. I am probably being stubborn but I'll back Oakland Sunday after watching the Nats blow one...