Washington Nationals (45-51) vs. Baltimore Orioles (32-64)
July 25, 2021 1:05 pm EDT
The Line: Baltimore Orioles -140 / Washington Nationals +120 ; Over/Under: 9
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The Washington Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles meet Sunday in MLB action from Oriole Park. This will be the final installment in a three-game set between these teams over the weekend. The Orioles took a big win on Friday, then in the Saturday game two the Orioles banged out a two-run win to keep it going. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Washington couldn’t get much going in the Friday opener, posting five hits in an eventual 6-1 defeat. In the Saturday game, the Nationals put up three late runs but couldn’t complete the comeback in a 5-3 result. Jon Lester went 5.0 innings with three earned on three hits.
For the Sunday game, the Nationals will send Jon Lester to the hill as the starter. This year Lester has 70.1 innings with 88 hits, 47 runs (39 earned), 12 homers allowed, 28 walks, 49 Ks and a 4.99 ERA overall.
Over on the Orioles’ side, they scored twice in both the fourth and sixth innings during Friday’s big victory. In the Saturday game, Baltimore starter Matt Harvey logged 6.0 innings with one hit and zero earned runs. The O’s offense posted eight hits in that one as well.
For the Sunday finale starter, the Orioles will send out John Means. Over his 76.0 innings this year Means has 53 hits, 23 earned runs, 15 homers allowed, 13 walks, 71 Ks and a 2.72 ERA overall.
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The Nationals are 2-6 in their last eight games versus a left-handed starter and 7-0 in their last seven interleague road games versus a lefty starter. The under is 5-1 in the Nationals’ last six Sunday games and 21-5 in their last 26 in game three of a series.
Meanwhile, the Orioles are 4-0 in their last four interleague home games versus a lefty starter and 1-5 in their last six Sunday games. Baltimore is 2-8 in their last 10 in game three of a series and the over is 8-2-1 in their last 11 in game three of a series.
PICK: I’m going Nationals. It’s been a rough few starts for Means, who’s posted 10 earned runs over his last three appearances in 10.2 innings. Means has also given up exactly two home runs in each of his last five starts. As for Lester, he’s coming off a nice game versus the Marlins (7.0 innings; no earned), so if he can keep it going the Nats shouldn’t have much trouble.