Chicago White Sox at Washington Nationals
|Date & Time||Tuesday June 4, 2019, 7:05 PM (EDT)|
Washington Nationals -224 / Chicago White Sox +205
The Chicago White Sox and the Washington Nationals meet in the opener of a two game interleague set in MLB action from Nationals Park on Tuesday.
The Chicago White Sox will look to keep their momentum going after winning six of their last seven games following a 2-0 win over Cleveland in their series finale on Sunday. Tim Anderson had went 2 for 4 with a home run, a double and both White Sox RBIs. Jose Abreu had a double while James McCann and Yonder Alonso each had a base knock as Chicago cranked out just five hits as a team in the win. Lucas Giolito got the win to improve to 8-1 on the year after throwing 7.1 shutout innings, allowing just five hits while striking out nine. Alex Colome closed out the 9th for his 12th save of the year. Reynaldo Lopez will start game one and is 3-5 with a 6.20 ERA and 60 strikeouts this season. This will be Lopez’s first career start against Washington.
The Washington Nationals will also look to keep the ball rolling after winning seven of their last nine games following a 4-1 win in their rubber match with the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday. Brian Dozier went 2 for 3 with two RBIs while Anthony Rendon and Kurt Suzuki each had an RBI with Rendon going 3 for 4 while Suzuki went 2 for 3 with a double. Trea Turner had a double while Juan Soto added a base hit of his own to round out Washington’s offense as a team in the win. Max Scherzer got the win to improve to 3-5 on the year after giving up just one run on three hits while striking out 15 over eight innings of work. Sean Doolittle closed out the 9th for his 12th save of the season. Stephen Strasburg will start game one and is 5-3 with a 3.19 ERA and 98 strikeouts this season. This will be Strasburg’s second career start against the White Sox.
Chicago is 6-1 in their last 7 games overall and 0-5 in Lopez’s last 5 road starts while the under is 10-3 in their last 13 road games. Washington is 7-0 in Strasburg’s last 7 interleague starts and 7-2 in their last 9 games overall while the under is 4-1-1 in Strasburg’s last 6 starts overall. Chicago is 1-6 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
Both of these two teams come into this one red hot, so the plus money with the White Sox is tempting. However, Lopez has allowed 13 runs in his last 9.1 innings of work and has an ERA just shy of eight on the road this season. Strasburg has an ERA of 3.21 at home this season and allowed just one run in his lone career start against the White Sox. This is probably a game that’s better to watch rather than bet, but if forced to pick, I’d side with Washington.