The Detroit Tigers and the Washington Nationals meet Saturday in MLB action from Nationals Park. This will be the second installment in a three-game weekend series. In the Friday opener, the Tigers powered out a two-run victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
The Tigers beat the Pirates 4-0 on Tuesday but then fell 8-0 in the Wednesday game. On Friday versus Washington, Detroit jumped out to a 6-0 lead after three innings and took the 8-6 victory in the end. Starter Matthew Boyd gave up three earned on four hits and a walk in 5.2 frames.
For the starter job in the Saturday game the Tigers will go with Alex Faedo. Over his two starts this year Faedo is 0-1 with a 4.22 ERA and eight strikeouts over 10.2 innings. Faedo is 1-6 with a 5.32 ERA in 14 career starts.
Over on the Nationals’ side, they didn’t have any luck against the Marlins this week and lost in a three-game sweep. On Friday Washington made a late effort at a comeback from the 8-0 hole but couldn’t quite get there. Jake Irvin managed 2.2 frames with four earned, five hits and four walks in the starting role.
It’ll be Patrick Corbin in the starting role on Saturday. Across nine starts this year Corbin is 2-5 with a 4.65 ERA and 31 Ks over 50.1 total innings. Corbin is 89-108 in his MLB career with a 4.32 ERA in 287 games (269 starts).
The Tigers are 11-3 in their last 14 interleague games and the over is 6-2 in their last eight Saturday games. The under is 9-3-2 in Detroit’s last 14 road games.
Meanwhile, the Nationals are 37-18 in their last 55 versus the AL Central and 40-89 in their last 129 at home. Washington is 17-42 in their last 59 Saturday games.
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I’ll stick with the Nationals. Probably not touching this one, though. Over his last three games, Corbin is 1-1 with six combined earned runs across 19.0 innings on 19 hits and just one walk. Corbin has gone at least 6.0 innings in each of those and should work deep into this one as well. On Friday Washington saw a rough outing from Irvin but there were some bright spots on offense and in the pen. I like the Nationals to turn things around and even it up on Saturday.