Boston Red Sox vs. Washington Nationals - 8/30/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Washington Nationals (12-17) at Boston Red Sox (10-22)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 1:35 pm (Fenway Park)
Austin Voth (0-3) (6.65) vs. Zack Godley (0-3) (7.29)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -107 / Washington Nationals -103 --- Over/Under: 11 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Washington Nationals and the Boston Red Sox meet Sunday in MLB action from Fenway Park.
This will be the third and final installment of a three-game weekend series featuring these teams. In the opener Friday, the Nationals cleared a 10-2 victory. On Saturday, the Red Sox were able to even up the set by jumping out to a quick lead and hanging on for a 5-3 win. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The Nationals collected 11 hits to Boston’s nine on Saturday, but couldn’t make the most of their opportunities, leaving 31 men stranded on base. Trea Turner was an offensive bright spot with five hits, but he was able to score just one run.
For the Sunday start, the Nationals are going with RHP Austin Voth. Across his five starts and 0-3 record this season, Voth has a 6.65 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 21.2 innings. Over his career, Voth is 3-5 with a 4.75 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 77.2 innings total.
Over on the Red Sox’ side, Xander Bogaerts had a nice game Saturday with a big three-run homer in the first inning that set the tone. Starting pitcher Chris Mazza went 2.1 innings with six hits, three earned, two walks and three strikeouts.
In the Sunday starting pitcher role, the Red Sox are going with Zach Godley. In six games (five starts) this season, Godley is 0-3 with a 7.29 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 21.0 innings. Godley is 37-33 over his career with a 4.78 ERA and 535 Ks in 557.2 innings total.
The Nationals are 13-3 in the last 16 interleague road games and 16-5 in the last 21 road games. Washington is 2-6 in the last eight during game three of a series and the under is 4-1-1 in the last six Sunday games.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox are 53-22 in their last 75 versus the National League East and 66-29 in their last 95 interleague games. Boston is 118-53 in their last 171 interleague home games and 15-36 in their last 51 games as an underdog.
Pick: I’m going with the Nationals here, but it’s the lesser of two evils. Godley is starting for the first time in a week and filling in for the injured Nathan Eovaldi (calf). The last time Godley started, he walked five and coughed up three runs in just 2.2 innings. Voth needs some work as well, specifically on length; he went 3.2 innings his last time out and Washington needs him to eat up a handful of innings here. This will probably be a higher-scoring game, and I can see the Nats eking one out.