Washington Nationals (6-9) at Baltimore Orioles (9-7)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 14, 2020 at 7:35 pm (Oriole Park at Camden Yards)
Stephen Strasburg (0-0) (0.00) vs. Tommy Milone (1-1) (3.21)
The Line: Baltimore Orioles +170 / Washington Nationals -185 --- Over/Under: 9 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Washington Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles meet Friday in MLB action from Oriole Park.
This matchup will begin 45 minutes after the Friday conclusion of a previously suspended game. The Nationals are coming out of a series versus the Mets. Washington took the first two games there, but lost on Wednesday. In the Thursday finale, the Nationals had to settle for a series tie with an 8-2 loss. As for the Orioles, they just played the Phillies this week. Baltimore won 10-9 Tuesday and 5-4 Wednesday. In the Thursday game the Orioles managed a nice 11-4 victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
Washington really lost the handle Thursday in the fourth and fifth innings, giving up a combined six runs there that decided the game. Only Adam Eaton had more than one hit (2-for-5), and Juan Soto managed a solo home run. Starter Austin Voth took the loss with 4.0 innings, three earned, two homers allowed and two Ks.
For the Friday starting role, the Nationals will send out Stephen Strasburg. Through just one start and an 0-0 record while working his way back from injury, Strasburg holds a 10.38 ERA With just two strikeouts in 4.1 innings pitched. On his career, Strasburg is 112-58 with a 3.19 ERA and 1697 Ks in 1443.0 innings.
Over on the Baltimore side, they were down 2-0 heading into the fifth inning, but scored all 11 runs in the final five frames. Five different Orioles players had multiple hits, and every batter that appeared in the game had a hit or a run. Pedro Severino was a standout for Baltimore there with a three-run homer, three hits and two runs to his credit.
In Friday’s start, the Orioles will go with Tommy Milone. On the year, Milone is 1-1 with a 3.21 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 14.0 innings pitched over three starts. On his career, Milone is 51-48 with a 4.45 ERA and 664 Ks in 888.2 innings of work.
The Nationals are 21-5 in their last 26 games versus a team with a wining record and 42-20 in their last 62 road games. The over is 8-2-1 in Washington’s last 11 versus a team with a winning record and 10-2-1 in their last 13 interleague games versus a team with a winning record.
Meanwhile, the Orioles are 23-47 in their last 70 Friday games and 18-38 in their last 56 interleague games. Baltimore is 95-213 in their last 308 games as an underdog and 23-68 in their last 91 during game one of a series.
Pick: This looks like a good spot to take the Orioles. Considering Strasburg is just off that nerve issue in his right hand, the Nats are going to be very careful with him. I don’t expect him to be in there long, and that opens up the door for the O’s offense. If Milone can keep dealing, Baltimore looks like they’re in decent shape for a victory here.