Washington Nationals vs. Texas Rangers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 5/30/14
Texas Rangers (28-26) at Washington Nationals (25-27)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 30, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)
Colby Lewis (R) (4-3) (5.102) vs. Stephen Strasburg (R) (3-4) (3.425)
The Line: Washington Nationals -190 / Texas Rangers +180 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The Washington Nationals and the Texas Rangers face off on Friday in Washington for game one of their interleague series.
The Washington Nationals have been one of the more disappointing teams sitting two games under .500 thus far. The Nationals are 14-14 at home, 3-7 in their last 10 games, and they have lost their last two games. As a team the Nationals are hitting .246 with Jayson Werth hitting .283, Denard Span hitting .260, and Anthony Rendon hitting .251. The Nationals pitching staff has an ERA of 3.30 with the starters at 3.89 and the bullpen at 2.25. For game one against the Rangers the Nationals start Stephen Strasburg who has lost his last two decisions. For the season Strasburg has allowed 70 hits and 26 earned runs while striking out 81 over 68.1 innings for a 3-4 record and a 3.42 ERA.
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The Texas Rangers are in the mix in the American League but they are in third pace in the AL West. Texas is 15-13 on the road, 7-3 in their last 10 games, and they have won their last two games. As a team the Rangers are hitting .267 with Alex Rios hitting .325, Shin-Soo Choo hitting .297, and Adrian Beltre hitting .290. The Rangers pitching staff has an ERA of 4.22 with the starters at 4.35 and the bullpen at 3.98. For game one against the Nationals the Rangers start Colby Lewis who has won two of his last three starts. For the season Lewis has allowed 59 hits and 24 earned runs while striking out 37 over 42.1 innings for a 4-3 record and a 5.10 ERA.
Washington is 7-2 following an off day, 5-1 at home against a team with a winning road record, and 4-1 in Strasburg’s last five home starts. Texas is 6-1 in their last seven road games, 3-7 in their last 10 interleague games, and 5-2 in Lewis’ last even starts.
Texas is just playing the better baseball right now so getting them at this price is the play.
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