Baltimore Orioles at Washington Nationals 7/8/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 7/7/2014
Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 7:05 PM on MAS2, MASN
Nationals Park, Washington, District of Columbia
Baltimore Orioles - Norris, B (7-5) vs. Washington Nationals - Fister, D (7-2)
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Tuesday night, the Baltimore Orioles and Bud Norris will square off against the Washington Nationals and Doug Fister. Norris will make his 15th trip to the mound as Fister makes his 12th.
Bud Norris is expected to come off the disabled list to make the start in this one. He will bring a record of 7 - 5 with an ERA of 3.62 after winning 4 straight before suffering a groin injury. In his last start, Norris pitched 5 innings of 1 run, 3 hit ball. Absent any additional injuries, Norris should be able to match last season's numbers when he posted a record of 10 -12 with a 4.18 ERA in 30 starts and 2 relief appearances for the Orioles and Houston Astros.
In 2013, Norris didn't face the Nationals but he has faced many of their hitters before. Norris might want to pitch around Ryan Zimmerman because Zimmerman is batting .364 with 2 homers and 6 RBIs against the right-hander.
Doug Fister improved his record to 7 - 2 with a 2.93 ERA after getting the victory in his last start. In the win, Fister went 7 innings and allowed 3 runs on 7 hits (including a homer). He struck out 5 without issuing any walks. In his last 4 starts, Fister has issued just 3 walks and he hasn't issued any free passes in his last 2 outings. Last season, Fister was 14 - 9 with a 3.67 ERA in 32 starts and a relief appearance for the Detroit Tigers.
Fister didn't face the Orioles last season, but he has seen their lineup before. Baltimore is batting .313 against Fister with 41 hits, 5 homers and 18 RBIs in 131 at-bats.
Baltimore Orioles Betting Trends
Baltimore Orioles are 41-45-2 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Baltimore Orioles is 0.3
Washington Nationals Betting Trends
Washington Nationals are 42-37-8 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Washington Nationals is 0.7
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)
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 Baltimore
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