MLB Picks: Back Zimmermann & Nationals -141 Over Yankees

Ross Benjamin

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 2:34 PM UTC

Wednesday, May. 20, 2015 2:34 PM UTC

Can the MLB Odds favored Yankees get things turned around after losing six of the last seven? Will the Nationals remain red-hot and win their fifth in a row? Here's our prediction.

Yankees and Nationals close Series in DC on Wednesday
The Nationals will host the Yankees on Wednesday at 7:05 PM ET. According to the MLB betting odds, Washington is a -141 money line favorite, and the posted total is 7.5. This will be the finale of a short two game Interleague series.  Washington rallied from a 6-2 deficit on Tuesday for an 8-6 win in ten innings. Ryan Zimmerman’s walk off two run home in the bottom of the tenth completed the comeback. Yankees closer Andrew Miller allowed that home run, and it was the first two earned runs that he’s allowed all season.

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Starting Pitchers
The Yankees right-hander Adam Warren will be making his eighth start of the season tonight. He’s gone 5-2 in his first seven team starts with a 4.50 ERA. Warren has seen three of his four starts on the road go over the total, and he compiled a sizable 6.04 ERA in those outings.

The Nationals will counter with a right-hander of their own in Jordan Zimmerman. He’s gone 5-3 in his team starts thus far in 2015, and has posted a solid 3.66 ERA in those outings. Zimmerman has displayed very good form in his last three starts, compiling a stellar 1.89 ERA, and Washington went 3-0 in those games. He’s also been much better at night (1.97 ERA) than during the day (7.36 ERA).


Silent Bats of Late
The New York Yankees have really struggled offensively in recent outings. They’ve hit a terrible .214 as a team, and averaged a paltry 2.4 runs per contest during their last seven games. Things went from bad to worse last night for the “Bronx Bombers.” Not only did they lose for the sixth time in seven games, but they’ve now lost leadoff hitter Jacoby Ellsbury (.324) for an unforeseeable length of time. Ellsbury was injured during last night’s game and has been placed on the 15-day DL.


Red-Hot Nationals
The Washington Nationals have won four in a row, and are 16-4 during their previous twenty games. The Nationals are averaging a robust 7.5 runs per game in their last twelve. That twelve game offensive onslaught has been led by Bryce Harper who’s far and away the hottest hitter in baseball right now. Harper has a .535 batting average, hit 10 homers, and accounted for 23 runs batted in during that time.


Final Analysis
These are clearly two teams headed in opposite directions. The Nationals bats have been red-hot, and the Yankees are the polar opposites. Washington has a decided advantage in terms of starting pitching with Jordan Zimmerman over Adam Warren. I’m always reluctant to side with an overwhelming choice by the general public like Washington will be today. However, sometimes the best logic is to keep it simple. I’m going to opt for the home money line favorite as one of my MLB picks on Wednesday.

MLB Picks: Play the Nationals -141 on the money line over the Yankees at Pinnacle.

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