MLB Picks: Nationals and Indians to go UNDER

Joe Freda

Saturday, June 15, 2013 11:59 AM GMT

The Cleveland Indians came away with a walkoff win in Friday’s 2-1 triumph as 134 home ‘chalk’ against the Washington Nationals.

Saturday night’s MLB betting has Indians left-hander Scott Kazmir (3-4, 5.33 ERA) squaring off with Nationals righty Jordan Zimmerman (9-3, 2.00 ERA). 

Indians, Kipnis prevail in tight opener

Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis brought in mate Drew Stubbs for Friday’s winning run, with Stubbs beating a throw home after a fielder’s choice. Cleveland’s Ryan Raburn drilled a solo shot homer, while third baseman Mark Reynolds left seven men on base in a 0-for-4 night.

Washington logged its sole run thanks to a wild pitch from Indians starter Justin Masterson, with Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki scoring from third base. The Nationals were held to two hits, while the contest’s combined three runs plunged UNDER the MLB odds ‘total’ of 7 ½.

Kazmir falls short in Texas

Kazmir logged a second straight loss in Monday’s 6-3 defeat for Cleveland to the Texas Rangers, failing to cash as a 131 road dog. The 29-year-old gave up four runs over six innings, allowing eight hits and two walks. 

Cleveland’s Carlos Santana drove in all three of his side’s runs, drilling a double as part of a 1-for-4 night. Indians outfielder Michael Bourn went 0-for-4 from the leadoff spot, striking out three times. 

Zimmermann shuts down Twins 

Zimmermann tossed seven frames of shutout ball in Sunday’s 7-0 victory for Washington as 186 home ‘chalk’ against the Minnesota Twins. The Wisconsin native held Minnesota’s lineup to two hits, while notching eight strikeouts. 

Nationals infielders Ian Desmond and Anthony Rendon united to bat 5-for-7, logging five RBIs. Rendon recorded one of his squad’s two errors, while Washington finished with 14 hits. 

Betting Lines & Odds Report for Saturday!

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Back the UNDER in Cleveland 

William Hill opened Zimmermann as a 135 road favorite, while first posting the ‘total’ at a flat eight. The weather forecast in Cleveland calls for 75 degrees, with partly cloudy skies and calm winds. 

I am adding the UNDER in this duel to Saturday’s sports picks, looking for another tight affair between these foes. 

Zimmermann has logged a stingy 0.94 WHIP and .250 OBP over his six road starts, while Friday’s matchup brought the UNDER to 6-1-1 in the Nationals’ last eight interleague road games. Cleveland’s Drew Stubbs and Michael Bourn have been held to a combined 1-for-19 career mark against Zimmermann’s arm, while the UNDER has cashed at 4-1 in the Indians’ most recent five interleague affairs facing righty starters. 

Kazmir tightened up in his most recent home start, two weeks ago, holding the Cincinnati Reds to one run over seven innings. The two-time All-Star has held Washington’s Kurt Suzuki to hit 2-for-22 lifetime, while the UNDER is 5-2 in Cleveland’s last seven spots as a home dog. 

Umpire Dan Iassogna is slated to call the balls and strikes, with the UNDER going 5-3 in the 44-year-old’s last eight games behind the plate. Look for the UNDER to collect again  for our MLB picks here, adding to the wager’s 5-1 mark in Washington’s last six road games against a listed lefty. 

Pick: UNDER 8 at William Hill