Washington Nationals vs. Los Angeles Angels - 8/15/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Angels (61-58) at Washington Nationals (70-46)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)
T Skaggs (1-2) (3.63) vs. G Gonzalez (10-5) (2.59)
The Line: Washington Nationals -140 / Los Angeles Angels +120 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-West, MASN
The Los Angeles Angels take on the Washington Nationals in game one of their two game interleague set on Tuesday.
The Los Angeles Angels will look to stay hot after winning six straight games, completing the four game sweep of Seattle with a 4-2 victory over the M’s in the series finale on Sunday. Martin Maldonado led the way, going 1 for 3 with two RBIs while C.J. Cron added a solo home run and Andrelton Simmons contributed a sac fly RBI to round out the scoring for the Halos in the win. Cameron MAybin went 1 for 5 with a double while Albert Pujols and Cliff Pennington added base hits of their own in the winning effort as the Angels put up just six hits as a team. Parker Bridwell continued his strong rookie season, giving up just one run on four hits while striking out a pair over six innings of work to improve to 7-1 this season. Blake Parker and Yusmeiro Petit kept things quiet and Keynan Middleton closed things down in the 9th despite giving up a run for his 2nd save of the year. Tyler Skaggs will start game one and is 1-2 with a 3.63 ERA and 37 strikeouts this season. In his career, Skaggs is 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA and 5 strikeouts against Washington.
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The Washington Nationals will look to keep their own momentum going after winnings four of their last five games, following their 6-2 extra innings win over the Giants in their series finale and 2nd half of their doubleheader on Sunday night. All of Washington’s damage was done via the long ball, with Daniel Murphy and Ryan Zimmerman hitting solo shots while Howie Kendrick walked off the Giants with a grand slam in the bottom of the 11th. Andrew Stevenson, Wilmer Difo, Matt Wieters and Michael Taylor all added base hits of their own in the winning effort for the Nats. Max Scherzer gave up a pair of runs on five hits while striking out ten over seven innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Matt Albers picked up the win throwing two near perfect innings of relief to improve to 6-2 this season. Gio Gonzalez will start the series opener and is 10-5 with a 2.59 ERA and 138 strikeouts this season. In his career, Gonzalez is 7-3 with a 2.92 ERA and 72 strikeouts against the Angels.
Los Angeles is 6-0 in their last 6 games overall and 3-7 in Skaggs’ last 10 starts against a team with a winning record while the over is 4-1-1 in their last 6 road games. Washington is 0-4 in Gonzalez’s last 4 interleague starts and 1-4 in their last 5 games against the AL West while the under is 6-0 in their last 6 interleague home games. Los Angeles is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.
Washington should be able to take care of the NL East down the stretch, but the loss of Bryce Harper for a little bit will sting and take a couple games to get used to. That seems like the perfect storm for the Angels to sneak in and steal a win, as they’re red hot and can smell a wild card berth with each passing day. Plus, the Angels have had success in this matchup and the Nats have struggled with Gonzalez on the mound in interleague play lately, so I’ll take a stab with the Angels and the plus money here.