The MLB is back in action on Thursday evening as the Baltimore Orioles will battle with the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C in the final game of a three-game series. The Kevin Gausman will be the starter for the Orioles and the Nationals will counter with Max Scherzer.
Baltimore Orioles Form
The Baltimore Orioles were good in the first game of this series. Yet they efforts were futile as they lost the game with a score of 9-7. However, they were able to bounce back in the second game as they thrashed the Nationals with a score of 3-0. Baltimore has averaged 3.28 runs per game and has allowed 5.50 runs per game on the road so far. Kevin Gausman record against the Nationals stands at 3-1 with a 4.40 ERA in four starts, including 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA in two starts here at Nationals Park.
On the offensive side of the game, the Orioles have some poor stats this season as they are placed on the 29th spot in the league in scoring, putting up 3.59 runs per game, while also being 29th in hitting at .228 and 17th spot in homers with a total of 80 so far. On the mound, they are also poor as they are placed on the 28th spot in the league in ERA at 4.94, while also being placed on the 30th spot in WHIP at 1.52 and 23rd in K’s with 558.
Washington Nationals Form
The Washington Nationals are going through some bad patch lately. They started this series with a solid win of 9-7. However, they were not able to maintain that momentum as they lost the second game with a score of 3-0. The Nationals have averaged 4.09 runs per game and have allowed 3.55 runs per game here at home for the year so far.
Max Scherzer record against the Orioles stands at 6-2 with a 2.87 ERA in 11 starts. Scherzer has gone 23-15 with a 2.93 ERA in 53 career starts here at Nationals Park.
On the offensive side of the game, the Nationals have some average stats as they are placed on the 19th spot in the league in scoring, putting up 4.31 runs per game, while also holding the 22nd in hitting at .239 and 16th in homers with a total of 82 so far. On the mound, they are one of the best teams in the league as they are on the 5th spot in the league in ERA at 3.43, while also holding the 2nd place in WHIP at 1.14 and 6th in K’s with 673. The pen for the Nationals ranks 10th in the league in ERA at 3.68.
The Orioles have been playing well lately and it seems that they will improve on the long term. On the other side, the Nationals have not very consisted in the recent games. However, they are a team that is very strong on the mound and I think that will be crucial that will enable them to win this game, Go for the Nationals.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Baltimore Orioles vs. Washington Nationals on 6/21/2018 is: Take the Washington Nationals -300 (money line bet)
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