Baltimore Orioles at Washington Nationals 7/7/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 7/6/2014
Monday, July 7, 2014, 7:05 PM on MAS2, MASN
Nationals Park, Washington, District of Columbia
Baltimore Orioles - Tillman, C (7-4) vs. Washington Nationals - Strasburg, S (7-6)
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Monday night, the Baltimore Orioles will take the field behind Chris Tillman as they square off against the Washington Nationals and Stephen Strasburg. Both pitchers will be making their 19th starts of the season.
Chris Tillman pitched to a no-decision in his last outing and that held his record at 7 - 4 with a 4.21 ERA. In that start, Tillman allowed 4 runs and 7 hits in 5.2 innings as he walked 4 and struck out only 2. Tillman has walked 9 batters in his last 3 starts while only striking out 6. Without some decent command, he won't be able to come close to his numbers from last season when he went 16 - 7 with a 3.71 ERA in 33 starts.
In 2013, Tillman escaped with a no-decision in his only start against the Nationals after getting lit up for 6 runs on 8 hits (including 4 homers) in just 4.2 innings of work. In the past, Ryan Zimmerman has feasted off of Tillman. Zimmerman is 3 for 3 with 3 homers and 4 RBIs.
Stephen Strasburg got the win in his last outing and that took his record to 7 - 6 with a 3.53 ERA. In the victory, Strasburg allowed just a run (on a solo homer) and 5 hits in 7.2 innings as he walked 1 and struck out 8. Strasburg has given up the long ball in 5 of his last 6 starts. With one more victory, he can match last season's win total. In 2013, Strasburg was 8 - 9 with a 3.00 ERA in 30 starts.
Last season, Strasburg didn't face the orioles but he has seen 6 of their hitters before. Those 6 Orioles are batting just .158 against Strasburg with 3 hits and an RBI in 19 at-bats.
Baltimore Orioles Betting Trends
Baltimore Orioles are 39-44-2 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Baltimore Orioles is 0.2
Washington Nationals Betting Trends
Washington Nationals are 40-36-8 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Washington Nationals is 0.6
Injuries to Watch
06/27/14 P Bud Norris Groin 15-day DL (6/22)
06/17/14 C Matt Wieters Elbow 15-day DL (5/11), out for season
06/03/14 P Johan Santana Shoulder 60-day DL (6/2), out for season
04/03/14 P Edgmer Escalo Shoulder 60-day DL (3/30)
03/31/14 LF Francisco Peguero Wrist 15-day DL (3/21)
03/28/14 LF Nolan Reimold Neck 60-day DL (3/26)
07/02/14 P Stephen Strasburg Thumb probable next start
05/16/14 CF Eury Perez Toe 60-day DL (5/15)
03/29/14 P Ross Ohlendorf Back 60-day DL (3/26)
03/28/14 P Erik Davis Elbow 60-day DL (2/13)
Tony's Pick: Take Washington
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