MLB Picks: Bet Nationals -110 vs. Tigers

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 12:58 PM GMT

Tuesday, May. 7, 2013 12:58 PM GMT

The Washington Nationals return home after a successful road trip, as they prepare to open up a short two-game series against the Detroit Tigers Tuesday night. Where are we looking to place our MLB picks in this battle?


Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this interleague matchup at Nationals Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.

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Streaking 

Detroit is playing its best baseball of the 2013 campaign, as it has captured victories in nine of its last 10 games, including a 9-0 win over the Houston Astros as -265 road favorites Sunday. 

The Tigers are 33-28 in May the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 30-27-4 in that situation.

Successful road trip 

Washington returns home after a 4-3 road trip, which included a 6-2 victory as -107 underdogs Sunday, while going OVER the total for the second consecutive contest.   

The Nationals are 5-2 in their last seven home games following a road trip of seven or more days, while the OVER is on a 11-5 run in that particular situation. 

Sanchez 

Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez (3-2, 1.82 ERA) has alternated wins and losses over his last four outings, as he comes off a 6-2 home defeat to the Minnesota Twins, allowing three runs and five hits over six frames. 

The right-hander is 1-1 with a 1.45 ERA in three road starts, issuing seven walks and striking out 16 batters in 18.2 combined innings.   

In 19 career games versus the Nationals, Sanchez has compiled a dominating 8-0 record and 1.97 ERA, including a 3-0 mark and 1.13 ERA in six career efforts at this ballpark.   

Zimmerman

Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (5-1, 1.64 ERA) has earned back-to-back victories, including a 2-0 road victory over the Atlanta Braves last time out, allowing two hits over eight shutout innings. 

The right-hander has tallied a perfect 3-0 record and 1.23 ERA in three home starts, surrendering just a single home run in 22 combined innings. 

Watch the line 

MLB handicappers will want to keep a watchful eye on the odds boards before placing their sports picks, considering the Tigers are 1-4 on the road with a money line of +125 to -125 this season, while the Nationals are 29-19 at home within a range of -100 to -125. 

Washington has also won its last five interleague home games, while Detroit is 1-4 on the road in its last five tries versus National League opponents.

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Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Nationals as one of their MLB picks Tuesday, as they’ve won their last six series openers with Zimmerman on the hill, while the Tigers are 16-19 on the road with a total of 7 or less since 2011. 

MLB Pick:  Washington Nationals -110 at 5Dimes

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