Detroit Tigers vs Washington Nationals Prediction 05-21-2023 MLB Picks

Chris RuffoloMay 21, 2023
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The Detroit Tigers and the Washington Nationals meet in MLB action from Nationals Park on Sunday. Let’s dive into the odds, starting pitching matchup, history and make a prediction for this game.


Washington is listed as a -120 home favorite while the Tigers are +100 road underdogs. The total for this game is set at 8.5 runs.

Starting Pitching Matchup

Joey Wentz will start for Detroit and is 1-3 with a 6.38 ERA and 30 strikeouts this season. Josiah Gray will start for the Nationals and is 3-5 with a 2.73 ERA and 45 strikeouts this season.

Matchup History

Washington’s 5-2 win on Saturday made it five straight meetings in this head-to-head matchup without back-to-back winners against the Tigers.


Detroit is 4-1 in their last 5 games against the NL East and 6-2 in their last 8 interleague road games while the over is 11-3-1 in their last 15 games against a team with a losing record. Washington is 41-90 in their last 131 home games and 5-13 in their last 18 interleague games while the over is 3-0-1 in their last 4 game three matchups.


I’m backing the Nationals here. I like Josiah Gray a lot here and he’s pitched well enough to give the Nationals a shot to win as long as they give him run support or as long as the bullpen doesn’t implode, but that’s been the case lately. I do think the Nats can drum up enough offense off of Wentz here and as much as I like the Tigers and what they’ve done so far, I think Washington wins this one.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick:Washington -120
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