2020-08-29 19:30:00 EDT
The Washington Nationals and the Boston Red Sox meet in interleague soccer action from Fenway Park on Saturday.
The Washington Nationals will look to build off of a 10-2 beatdown win over the Red Sox on Friday. Trea Turner went 3 for 5 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs while Juan Soto and Josh Harrison each had a two-run home run. Howie Kendrick had a solo home run and Michael A. Taylor chipped in an RBI as well while Victor Robles went 3 for 4 with a double. Kurt Suzuki had a two-bagger as did Eric Thames while Asdrubal Cabrera added a base knock to finish off Washington’s offense as a team in the win. Max Scherzer picked up the win to improve to 3-1 after allowing one run on six hits while striking out 11 over six innings of work. Anibal Sanchez will start here and is 1-3 with a 6.48 ERA and 19 strikeouts this season. In his career, Sanchez is 1-0 with a 5.51 ERA and 16 strikeouts against Boston.
The Boston Red Sox will be out to rebound after a horrendous performance on Friday against the Nationals. Rafael Devers had a double and an RBI and Kevin Pillar had an RBI as well to finish off Boston’s scoring in the loss. Jose Peraza went 2 for 4 with a double while Kevin Plawecki, Christian Vazquez, Jackie Bradley Jr., Mitch Moreland, Alex Verdugo and Xander Bogaerts all had base hits to finish off the Red Sox offense in defeat. Martin Perez took the loss, falling to 2-4 after allowing six runs on eight hits over four innings of work. Chris Mazza will start here and is 0-1 with a 6.35 ERA and 7 strikeouts this season. This will be Mazza’s first career start against Washington.
Washington is 1-5 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams while the over is 13-5 in the last 18 meetings between these two teams as well.
This is not a game I’m going out of my way to bet on the side, but if forced to pick, Sanchez looked pretty capable in his last start, allowing just one run in six innings of work, and the Nationals have been a better team on the road than at home. Boston just can’t figure things out and I doubt Mazza’s going to be the lynchpin to figuring their problems out. Give me the Nationals as my free pick for this game but my stronger play for this one is on the total and I have that available as a premium pick that you can find here.