Washington Nationals at Detroit Tigers
|Date & Time||Friday June 28, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
Washington Nationals: -1.5 (-115) / Detroit Tigers: 1.5 (-105)
The Washington Nationals and the Detroit Tigers meet in the opener of a three game interleague set in MLB action from Comerica Park on Friday.
The Washington Nationals will look to keep the momentum going after completing the sweep of the Miami Marlins, finishing with an 8-5 win in game three on Thursday. Matt Adams had a home run and three RBIs while Victor Robles had a homer and two RBIS. Juan Soto and Kurt Suzuki each had a solo homer with Suzuki going 2 for 4 with a double as well while Adam Eaton chipped in an RBI to finish off Washington’s scoring as a team in the victory. Trea Turner and Brian Dozier each had a double with Dozier adding a pair of two-baggers to cap off the Nationals’ offense as a team in the winning effort. Stephen Strasburg got the win to improve to 9-4 on the year after allowing four runs on seven hits while striking out four over seven innings of work. Anibal Sanchez will start game one and is 3-6 with a 4.02 ERA and 65 strikeouts this season. This will be Sanchez’s first career start against Detroit.
The Detroit Tigers are in dire need of a win after being swept for the second straight series, pushing their losing streak to seven games after a 3-1 loss to Texas in their series finale on Thursday. Miguel Cabrera had the lone RBI for Detroit while Harold Castro went 3 for 4 at the dish and Gordon Beckham added a double. JaCoby Jones and Christin Stewart each added a double while Jeimer Candelario and Nick Castellanos each had a base hit as well in the defeat. Spencer Turnbull gave up one run on one hit while striking out three over two innings of work in the start, taking the loss to fall to 3-8 on the year. Daniel Norris will start the opener and is 2-6 with a 4.69 ERA and 66 strikeouts this season. This will be Norris’ first career start against Washington.
Washington is 5-1 in Sanchez’s last 6 starts and 7-2 in their last 9 games overall while the over is 3-0-1 in their last 4 road games. Detroit is 6-20 in Norris’ last 26 starts and 5-22 in their last 27 home games against a right-handed starter while the over is 4-0-1 in their last 5 interleague games. Washington is 4-9 in the last 13 meetings between these two teams and 0-5 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Detroit.
Sanchez got roughed up a bit in his last start, giving up four runs in six innings, but I say roughed up because it was out of the norm as he had allowed two runs or less in six of his seven starts prior to that. Norris on the other hand, gave up six runs in seven innings last time up and has an ERA over five at home this season. The bottom line is that right now, you have two teams headed in completely different directions, with the Nationals on a solid run while the Tigers can’t buy a win over the last week and have had issues putting wins together for the better part of the last couple of months. The price isn’t too bad given the circumstances, but I’m going to take a shot with Washington on the RL to get some added value on the wager.