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Detroit Tigers vs. Washington Nationals - 6/30/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Nationals at Detroit Tigers
Date & Time Sunday June 30, 2019, 1:10 PM (EDT)
Comerica Park
Washington, DC
The Line
Washington Nationals: -1.5 (-192) / Detroit Tigers: 1.5 (+167)
TV Channel
FS-Detroit, MASN
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The Washington Nationals and the Detroit Tigers meet in the rubber match of their three game interleague set in MLB action from Comerica Park on Sunday.

The Washington Nationals will look to win the set after dropping game two on Saturday by a final score of 7-5. Anthony Rendon had a home run and two RBIs while going 3 for 4 at the dish while Brian Dozier had a double and an RBI and Victor Robles contributed an RBI of his own as well in the loss. Adam Eaton went 2 for 4 while Howie Kendrick and Yan Gomes each had base hits as well in defeat. Austin Voth gave up three runs on six hits while striking out three over 4.1 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Tanner Rainey took the loss in relief, falling to 1-3 on the year. Max Scherzer will start game three and is 7-5 with a 2.52 ERA and 156 strikeouts this season. In his career, Scherzer is 1-1 with a 1.29 ERA and 25 strikeouts against Detroit.

The Detroit Tigers will look to win the series on home soil after evening the set up at one win apiece following their victory on Saturday. Miguel Cabrera went 3 for 5 with three RBIs while Niko Goodrum went 2 for 3 with two RBIs. JaCoby Jones had a double and an RBI while Christin Stewart added an RBI of his own to round out Detroit’s scoring as a team in the win. Jeimer Candelario and Harold Castro each went 2 for 4 while Nick Castellanos had a double to cap off Detroit’s offense in the win. Gregory Soto gave up three runs on four hits over 3.2 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Victor Alcantara got the win to improve to 3-1 on the year while Shane Greene struck out a pair in the 9th for his 22nd save of the season. Jordan Zimmermann will start game three and is 0-5 with a 5.95 ERA and 27 strikeouts this season. This will be Zimmermann’s second career start against Washington.

Washington is 5-0 in Scherzer’s last 5 starts and 7-2 in their last 9 games against a right-handed starter while the over is 5-1-1 in their last 7 road games. Detroit is 0-6 in Zimmermann’s last 6 starts and 3-9 in their last 12 games against the NL East while the over is 5-1-1 in their last 7 interleague games. Washington is 1-6 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Detroit.

The heavy plus money with Detroit is tempting considering that it only takes one bounce to turn a game around and the Tigers have already picked up a win in this series. However, Detroit just can’t find a win with Zimmermann on the mound, and Scherzer is back to looking like himself again, giving up one run or less in six of his last seven starts. I’ll side with Washington for the win behind Scherzer, and to cut down some of the juice, I’ll back Washington on the RL.

Washington Nationals: -1.5 (-192)

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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