Washington Nationals at Oakland Athletics Free MLB Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 5/9/2014
Saturday, May 10, 9:05 PM on MAS2, CSCA
O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California
Washington Nationals - Roark, T (2-1) vs. Oakland Athletics - Gray, S (4-1)
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Right-hander Tanner Roark will be given the start for the Washington Nationals on Saturday night and he will face Sonny Gray and the Oakland Athletics.
Tanner Roark did not pitch well in his start against the Philadelphia Phillies a week ago and picked up his first loss of the season. He got through just four innings in the game and gave up a season-high seven runs on seven hits while striking out five and walking one. His ERA is now up to 4.17, but he has struck out 31 batters in 36.2 innings this season.
The A's have never faced Roark, but they can expect to see a lot of his 91-92 mph fastball with a few sliders and his highly-rated 73 mph curveballs mixed in.
Sonny Gray had yet another good start for the A's against the Red Sox a week ago, but he finished with a no decision. He was able to go six innings in that game and gave up just two runs on six hits while striking out three and walking two. His 1.91 ERA is one of the best in the American League and he has given up just 39 hits in 47 innings.
Outfielder Nate McLouth and catcher Jose Lobaton are the only two Nats who have faced Gray, and they are a combined 2-for-5 with two doubles against him.
Washington Nationals Betting Trends
Washington Nationals are 18-14-2 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Washington Nationals is 0.4
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
Oakland Athletics are 17-17-1 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Oakland Athletics is 1.3
Injuries to Watch
04/27/14 LF Bryce Harper Thumb 15-day DL (4/26)
04/13/14 3B Ryan Zimmerman Thumb 15-day DL (4/13)
04/13/14 LF Jeff Kobernus Hand 60-day DL (4/12)
03/30/14 P Doug Fister Back 15-day DL (3/23), expected to be activated & start Friday vs. Oakland Athletics
03/29/14 P Ross Ohlendorf Back 60-day DL (3/26)
03/28/14 P Erik Davis Elbow 60-day DL (2/13)
05/08/14 CF Coco Crisp Neck questionable
04/04/14 SS Jake Elmore Quad 15-day DL (3/28)
03/30/14 P A.J. Griffin Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
03/30/14 P Fernando Rodriguez Elbow 15-day DL (3/21)
03/28/14 P Eric O'Flaherty Elbow 60-day DL (2/17)
03/28/14 P Jarrod Parker Elbow 60-day DL (3/20), out for season
Josh's Pick: Take Oakland
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