Red Sox vs. Nationals - 4/15/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Nationals (2-6) at Boston Red Sox (6-2)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 1:35 pm (Fenway Park)
G Gonzalez (0-1) (4.27) vs. W Miley (0-0) (3.38)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -116 / Washington Nationals +106 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN (Red Sox) / TCN (Phillies); MLBN
The Washington Nationals and the Boston Red Sox will finish their three game series this Wednesday afternoon at Fenway Park.
The Washington Nationals (2-6) will look to avoid a sweep after falling to the Boston Red Sox 8-7 this past Tuesday night. The Nationals once again beat themselves as they allowed the Red Sox to score 3 runs in the 7th inning when the Red Sox didn’t even register a hit. Stephan Strasburg (0-1, 6.75 ERA) once again struggled giving up 5 runs on 10 hits in just 5.1 innings. Blake Treinen (0-1, 3.86) picked up the loss for the Nationals and made 2 errors on 1 play that allowed the Red Sox to take the lead in the 7th. Leading the way offensively for Washington was Ian Desmond who went 3-4 and drove in 2 RBI’s. Michael Taylor who was demoted to the 9th spot in this match-up picked up 2 hit, 3 RBI’s and a SB. The Nationals went 4-11 RISP and left 7 runners on base.
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The Boston Red Sox (6-2) and Justin Masterson ran into trouble in the 5th inning allowing the Nationals to score 6 runs to take a 7-5 lead but got fortunate with some Washington miscues pull off the victory. Masterson cruised through the first four innings but got roughed up in the 5th and finishing the game going just 4.2 innings, giving up 7 runs on 8 hits and 3 walks, while striking out 4. Boston’s bullpen did a great job going 4.1 innings while giving up just 2 hits while striking out 7. The Red Sox welcomed back Koji Uehara who pitched a perfect 9th inning to pick up his first save of the season. Offensively, the Red Sox were led by Dustin Pedroia who went 3-4 with a walk and a solo home run. Also contributing for the Red Sox was Mookie Betts who had 2 RBI’s and Broke Holt who had 2 hits and a RBI.
The Nationals are 21-8 in their last 29 during game 3 of a series and 56-24 in their last 80 Wednesday games. The Red Sox are 4-1 in their last 5 games on grass and 12-3 in their last 15 interleague home games vs. a left-handed starter.
Taking the mound for the Nationals will be Gio Gonzalez (0-1, 4.26 ERA) who struggled in his first start of the season going 6.1 innings, giving up 3 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks while striking out 4. Gonzalez missed about a month of action midway through the season last year and although his fastball velocity was a bit down, his control improved and finished 2014 with a 3.57 ERA. The Red Sox will send Wade Miley to the mound (0-0,3.38 ERA) who pitched well giving up just 2 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks over 5.1 innings in a no-decision against the New York Yankees. Miley, who was acquired from the Diamondbacks in the offseason, is yet another groundball pitcher for the Sox who finished 2014 with a 4.34 ERA.
While it was encouraging to see the Nationals put up some runs on the board, they are still making too many mistakes in the field to trust currently. I think the Red Sox will get a good outing out a Miley and sweep the Nationals in this one. Take the Red Sox.