Washington Nationals vs. Detroit Tigers - 5/10/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Tigers (14-17) at Washington Nationals (20-12)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)
Michael Fulmer (1-1) (6.30) vs. Joe Ross (3-1) (1.23)
The Line: Washington Nationals -165 / Detroit Tigers +140 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN, FSDT
Coming up on Tuesday evening at Nationals Park in DC, we’ve got game two of an early-week series between the Detroit Tigers and the Washington Nationals.
In Monday’s series opener, we saw a storybook ending to the game as the Nationals won 5-4 on a walk-off, pinch-hit solo homer from Clint Robinson in the bottom of the ninth.
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On Tuesday, the Tigers will be giving us a look at high-end prospect Michael Fulmer again. Over two starts and a 1-1 record thus far, Fulmer has tallied a 6.30 ERA with a 2.00 WHIP across 10 innings and a 10:3 K:BB ratio. It remains to be seen how long Fulmer will be hanging around with the big club, but if he can string together some nice performances he could last a while.
A glance at the Detroit batting order reveals a pretty solid group, at least at the top. Nick Castellanos is hitting very well these days with 41 hits, six homers and a team-high 26 RBI. Ian Kinsler has slugged out six homers and 27 runs. Team face Miguel Cabrera has also been pretty good with 16 runs and 35 hits. Cabrera went 1-for-3 on Monday to raise his season-long BA to .292.
Over on the Nationals side, we’ll be seeing right-hander Joe Ross take the mound. Over his five starts and 3-1 record, Ross has posted a nice 1.23 ERA and 0.99 WHIP over 29.1 innings pitched. On Thursday in his most recent outing, Ross allowed two runs in 6.2 innings and struck out nine Cubs in a loss.
The Nationals definitely have the talent at the plate for a deep playoff run, if they can keep things together. Daniel Murphy has been on fire with 47 hits and 21 runs, while Wilson Ramos is getting in on the action with 30 hits and 13 RBI. Superstar Bryce Harper has 10 homers with 27 RBI and has walked a near-ridiculous 32 times already. Harper drew two more free passes in Monday’s game to keep up his crazy clip.
The Tigers are 1-4 in their last five game twos of a series, and 10-3 in their last 13 against the National League East.
Meanwhile, the Nationals 7-0 in Ross’ last seven starts against a team with a losing record, and 5-0 in Ross’ last five home starts overall.
It’ll be interesting to see how Fulmer fares here, but I’ve got to give the winning edge to the Nationals. I see a nice bounce-back after a rough weekend.