Grab Nationals -1.5 +100 And Cash In For Free With This Late MLB Pick

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 1:39 PM GMT

My selection in this contest is a momentum play based on the above numbers, which we will transfer into a run line underdog based on strong numbers that are 80%.

Washington Nationals (Scherzer) (-1 ½ R/+110) at Chicago White Sox (Shields) 8:10 ET
The Washington Nationals and Chicago White Sox continue their early week series after the Nationals’ resounding 10-5 victory on Monday night!  That win lifted Washington to 35-23 for the season. Good for a 3 ½ game lead against the Mets, who lost a doubleheader at Pittsburgh by identical scores of 3-1.  The victory also increased the Nationals’ interleague record to 8-2 vs. American League teams, games in which they have outscored the opposition by a combined 59-34. In early May, I offered a “sell” sign on a CWS team that was 23-10. The main reason was a No. 25th ranked batting OPS at .693. Since that time, the Pale Hose have gone just 6-19 to fall to 29-29. The play is backed up by a pitching mismatch of the Nationals’ Scherzer against the White Sox’ newly acquired Shields.

 

Shields has been a consistent double digit winner in recent seasons. As a high-priced addition to the San Diego pitching staff, that was expected to continue. Prior to being traded to CWS this week, however, he was 2-7 with a 4.28 ERA and .784 OPS. The nadir of his discontent came in his previous outing, when he lasted just 2 2/3 IP vs. Philadelphia, allowing 10 runs in a 16-4 loss. That was enough for San Diego upper management to cite the performance as “embarrassing” and trigger his trade back to the American League, where he spent the majority of his career.

 

His mound opponent today will be Scherzer, who is pitching a bit below expectations. Nonetheless, his record is still 6-4 with a 3.87 ERA and .699 OPS. He enters in good current form, having just pitched 8 IP in his previous outing, while allowing just 2 runs and 5 hits with his trademark 11 Ks. A strong history against CWS, mostly while he was with Detroit, has seen Scherzer make 23 starts against the White Sox with a record of 12-6 and 2.54 ERA.

 

We make this play on the run line, knowing that in the last 12 days, 130 of 170 MLB games (76.4%) have been decided by 2 or more runs and that of the 20 Washington road wins (THE MOST IN MLB), 16 of them have been victories of two or more runs. I invite you to put the MLB odds in your favor and join me in my MLB pick on the Washington Nationals tonight.

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Free MLB Pick: Washington -1.5 (+100)
Best Line Offered: at Heritage