August 15 Odds: Angels and Nationals Go ‘Under’ in DC

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Willie Bee

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 12:40 PM GMT

Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 12:40 PM GMT

The Los Angeles Angels have clawed their way into the AL Wild-Card mix, but they are slight underdogs on the MLB odds Tuesday when they start a short interleague series at the Nationals.

MLB Season Record: 60-62-3 (-0.11)

Life without Bryce Harper is what the Washington Nationals are still trying to get used to as they open a short 2-game interleague set Tuesday at home against the Los Angeles Angels. It’s a double southpaw duel between Tyler Skaggs (1-2, 3.63) and Gio Gonzalez (10-5, 2.59), BetOnline slightly favoring the Nats on a -114 money line with 8½ for the total.

Harper suffered what is being called a "bone bruise" this past weekend vs. San Francisco, and the replays looked nastier than that. He’s on the disabled list now and is expected to miss a month at the very least. The Nationals have a comfortable lead in the NL East to cushion the blow of Harper’s injury. The Angels, meanwhile, are back in the playoff hunt and in a heckuva’ race for the AL Wild Card, which finds them holding the No. 2 spot with seven other teams trailing by 3½ games or less.

 

Nats 5-6 When Gonzalez Pitches In DC Despite His 1.95 Home ERA

Skaggs looked good in his second start following a three-month DL stint due to a strained oblique, blanking the Mariners into the seventh last Thursday in Seattle. It wasn’t good enough to get him the dubya, however, when LA relievers blew the lead before Mike Trout’s 3-run double in the ninth put the Angels back in the winner’s circle. The 26-year-old Skaggs has done much better in four road starts (2.28 ERA) compared to his three at the Big A (5.63 ERA) and did fine in his one and only start at Nationals Park three years ago (7 IP, 2 ER, W).

Gonzalez has been about as steady as they come all season by allowing more than three runs in just three of his 23 assignments, and he owns a sub-2.00 ERA at Nationals Park this year in 11 starts. One of those rough outings did come against the Angels when the clubs met in Anaheim about a month ago, a game we covered with our free baseball picks. Los Angeles chased the lefty in the sixth, scoring four times in the 7-0 shutout while the Nats were held to one hit. Before that, Gonzalez hadn’t faced the Angels since his days with the A’s in 2011.

 

Rivalry Trends, Mother Nature & A Free Pick

The clubs split their mini-July series, both contests staying ‘under’ MLB odds that ran 9-9½. Los Angeles owns an 11-7 advantage all-time and took 2 of 3 each of its two trips to Nationals Park in 2008 and 2014.  ‘Over’ bettors also cashed twice in both of those meetings.

Rain is in the afternoon forecast, but it’s supposed to clear out by game time and leave muggy temps in the upper 70s for most of the game, only a hint of an ENE breeze. Let’s play ‘under’ the total this evening in DC.

Free MLB Pick: 'Under' 8½ (-115)Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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