Washington Nationals vs. Detroit Tigers
The Washington Nationals and the Detroit Tigers face off on Tuesday in Washington for game one of their interleague series. The Nationals are -120 favorites over the Tigers with an over/under run total set at 7.
The Washington Nationals haven’t looked like the team that won the NL East a season ago so far this season but they have picked up their play of late and look to have things headed in the right direction. The Nationals are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 9-5 at home this season, and they trail the Atlanta Braves by two games in the National League East. As a team the Nationals are hitting .231 with Bryce Harper hitting .312, Ian Desmond hitting .282, and Denard Span hitting .278. The Nationals opponents are hitting .241 and the Washington pitching staff has an ERA of 3.53. For game one against the Tigers the Nationals start Jordan Zimmerman who has been Washington’s best starting pitcher this season. For the year Zimmerman has allowed 26 hits and eight earned runs while striking out 27 over 44 innings of work for a 5-1 record and a 1.64 ERA.
The Detroit Tigers went to the World Series a season ago and so far they look focused and determined to get back and find a different result. The Tigers are 9-1 in their last 10 games, 9-7 on the road this season, and they have a half game lead on the Kansas City Royals in the AL Central. As a team the Tigers are hitting .285 with Miguel Cabrera hitting .385, Torii Hunter hitting .361, Price Fielder hitting .304, and Jhonny Peralta and Omar Infante hitting .298. The Tigers’ opponents are hitting .232 and the Detroit pitching staff has an ERA of 3.36. For game one in Washington the Tigers start Anibal Sanchez who has lost two of hi last three starts. For the season Sanchez has allowed 31 hits and eight earned runs while striking out 50 over 39.2 innings of work for a 3-2 record and a 1.82 ERA.
Washington is 3-7 in their last 10 home games, 4-1 in their last five interleague games, and 6-0 in Zimmerman’s last six home starts. Detroit is 4-0 in their last four road games against a right handed starter, 19-7 in their last 26 games against the NL East, and 2-6 in Sanchez’s last eight starts following a loss in their previous game. Detroit has won the last six meetings of these two.
Look for a low scoring game here and while the Tigers are red hot they are on the road against a tough pitcher in this spot and I like the Nationals chances here.
Washington Nationals -120 Detroit Tigers