Milwaukee Brewers vs. Washington Nationals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/24/14
Washington Nationals (39-35) at Milwaukee Brewers (47-30)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Miller Park)
Jordan Zimmermann (R) (5-4) (2.945) vs. Yovani Gallardo (R) (5-4) (3.338)
The Line: Milwaukee Brewers -125 / Washington Nationals +115 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN 2, FSN-WI
The Washington Nationals and Milwaukee Brewers play game two Tuesday night at Miller Park.
The Nationals have won five of their last seven games and have improved to seven games above .500. The Nationals offense has started to pick up the pace a bit, scoring four or more runs in 12 of their 21 games in the month of June. The Nationals are 12-1 in their last 13 games when scoring more than three runs. Adam LaRoche has seven hits in his last four games and Denard Span has hit safely in six of his last seven games. Jordan Zimmermann takes the hill, and he’s 5-4 with a 2.95 ERA and has 77 strikeouts in 91.2 innings. Zimmermann is 4-0 with a 2.19 ERA in four career starts against the Brewers.
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The Brewers had their four-game winning streak come to an end Monday, but are still 16 games above .500. The Brewers are one of the most balanced teams in baseball that is fourth in the league in runs scored and 12th in the league in team ERA. While the Brewers were shutout in Monday’s loss, they are 9-2 in their last 11 games when scoring more than three runs. Carlos Gomez has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games and Jonathan Lucroy has nine RBI in his last 10 games. Yovani Gallardo gets the nod, and he’s 5-4 with a 3.34 ERA and has 72 strikeouts in 91.2 innings. Gallardo is 3-3 with a 6.15 ERA in nine career games against the Nationals.
The Nationals are 7-3 in Zimmermann's last 10 road starts and 1-5 in Zimmermann's last 6 starts as an underdog. The Brewers are 37-14 in Gallardo's last 51 starts as a home favorite and 19-7 in Gallardo's last 26 starts vs. National League East. The Nationals are 4-0 in Zimmermann's last 4 starts vs. Brewers.
I like the Brewers to bounce back at home with Gallardo on the mound. It's not very often you're going to hold the Brewers to zero runs and with the better overall pitcher, you have to like the home team in this spot.