Washington Nationals vs. Baltimore Orioles MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/7/14
Baltimore Orioles (47-40) at Washington Nationals (47-39)
MLB Baseball: Monday, July 7, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)
Chris Tillman (R) (7-4) (4.041) vs. Stephen Strasburg (R) (7-6) (3.525)
The Line: Washington Nationals -194 / Baltimore Orioles +184 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN, MASN 2
The Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles meet Monday night at Nationals Park.
The Orioles have won six of their last seven games and are eight games above a .500 record. The Orioles offense has caught fire lately, producing four or more runs in nine of their last 10 games. The O’s have won six straight games when scoring more than three runs. Nelson Cruz has eight hits in his last two games and Adam Jones has a 10-game hitting streak. The Orioles have an ERA of 3.88. Chris Tillman takes the mound, and he’s 7-4 with a 4.21 ERA and has 64 strikeouts in 104.2 innings. This is Tillman’s first career game against the Nationals.
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The Nationals have won seven of their last eight games and are nine games above a .500 record. The Nationals pitching continues to shine, as they’ve allowed three or less runs in 11 of their last 15 games. The Nationals have won 11 straight when allowing three or less runs. Overall, the Nationals have the best ERA in baseball at 3.05. Offensively, Ian Desmond has seven hits in his last four games and Anthony Rendon has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. Starting is Stephen Strasburg, who is 7-6 with a 3.53 ERA and has 131 strikeouts in 112.1 innings. This will be Strasburg’s second career start against the Orioles.
The Orioles are 4-1 in Tillmans last 5 starts during game 1 of a series and 23-9 in Tillmans last 32 road starts. The Nationals are 4-0 in Strasburgs last 4 starts vs. American League East and 7-2 in Strasburgs last 9 home starts. The Orioles are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Even with Strasburg on the mound, there's too much value with Baltimore with the way its playing lately. I'll take a shot with the road team.