Bryce Harper and Mike Trout each popped solo homers in Tuesday’s matchup between the Nats and Halos, and Washington should be a heavy favorite in Wednesday’s series finale.
A change in pitching plans for the Los Angeles Angels has delayed the MLB odds for the finale of their mini-series with the Washington Nationals on Wednesday (10:07 PM ET). Gio Gonzalez gets the ball for Dusty Baker and the Nats, and they should be solid chalk when the Angels send Alex Meyer to the mound in Anaheim.
Washington trotted out its three newest arms in Tuesday’s series opener, a 4-3 win that 5Dimes closed the Angels on a -140 money line. It’s just the third time the Nationals have visited Anaheim, the Angels standing 4-3 after Tuesday’s loss with totals running 3-3-1 between the clubs at the Big A.
Meyer Facing Team That Drafted Him Out Of UK
In a rotation that starts with Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg, it’s only natural for someone like Gonzalez to fly under the radar. He came out of the break with a 3-game losing streak despite posting quality starts in each of those games, and posted his best effort of the year by pitching shutout baseball into the ninth at a hitter-friendly park in Cincinnati last Friday. It was the 14 th time in 19 assignments the lefty allowed no more than two runs, lowering his ERA to 2.66 which is fourth in the majors. He’s faced the Angels just once since coming to Washington in 2012, taking a no-decision in DC, and owns a 3.57 ERA over five career starts in Anaheim.
Ricky Nolasco was originally slated to pitch tonight, but will be pushed back a couple of days to open the weekend set against Chris Sale and the Red Sox on Friday. Meyer will now get the chance to face the franchise that brought him into the majors as the 23rd overall pick in the 2011 draft before dealing him away to the Twins in the Denard Span swap five years ago. The hard-throwing righty out of Kentucky made a dozen starts in the first half with mixed results, getting cracked on by a couple of teams but also showing promise in other appearances, like six innings of 1-hit, shutout baseball against the Dodgers.
Umpire Notes, Mother Nature & A Free Pick
Cory Blaser should be behind the mask for Jeff Nelson’s crew in this one, and brings a 9-8 O/U mark into the tilt with his last three plate assignments falling short of the totals. It’s the first time he will have the dish in a game involving either the Nationals or Angels this year, and Blaser has slightly favored visiting teams with home sides 1-3 on underdog lines.
A few clouds, temps in the mid-to-upper 70s and a light breeze blowing out to center is the forecast. I’m leaning towards Washington with a run-line play for my free baseball pick.Free MLB Pick: **No odds at press time, but lean Nationals on run line**