MLB Picks: White Sox vs. Nationals

Steven Suarez

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 3:05 PM GMT

The Nationals escaped with a 8-7 win in the series opener yesterday and will try to get it done in game two with Jordan Zimmermann on the mound.

Odds Overview

Washington's hot start, along with the fact they're at home with a highly effective pitcher getting the start, has translated into them being favored in and around the -160 area. 

The White Sox are trading at anywhere from +140 to +155, while the total for tonight's ballgame has been posted at 7.5 on most MLB odds boards.

Chicago White Sox (Floyd) 

It was too little too late for the White Sox yesterday. They battled back from a 6-1 deficit, scoring four runs in the sixth and seventh innings combined and then getting two more on the board in the top of the ninth. 

Chicago couldn't get one more run past though and had to settle for defeat. Alex Rios continued his fantastic start though, hitting a homer for the fourth straight game. He's now batting .407 on the season. 

Paul Konerko also went long, blasting a three-run shot, but while the White Sox were able to beat up on Washington's bullpen, they couldn't have been happy with what they got out of Jake Peavy. He gave up nine hits and six earned runs in 5 and 1/3 innings. 

Tonight Chicago will hope to get a quality start from Gavin Floyd, who was solid in his season debut. Though he picked up the losing decision, he allowed only four hits and two earned runs against the Royals. 

The right-hander fared better, at least in terms of ERA, away from the Windy City last season. Floyd posted a 3.93 ERA in 12 away starts in 2012.

Washington Nationals (Zimmermann) 

Gio Gonzalez was unlucky to get a no-decision yesterday, as he certainly pitched well enough (5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) to get the win. 

The Nationals still did enough offensively to finish as victors, with Adam LaRoche (two), Jayson Werth, and Ian Desmond all going deep. Bryce Harper added two hits to raise his batting average to .379 on the season. 

Washington surely must like their chances again in the second game of the series, given Zimmermann gets the call. 

Zimmermann scattered eight hits and surrendered only one run in a 6-1 win for the Nationals in his season debut against Miami. He was quite efficient with his pitch selection, throwing only 87 pitches in his six innings of work. 

Will Zimmermann be able to slow down Chicago's offense this evening? He went 5-3 with a 3.54 ERA in 16 home starts in 2012 and was much better under the lights (10-5 with a 2.55 ERA) than he was during day outings. 

On another note, what does Mr. Willie Bee think about those Yankees and Indians?

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MLB Pick 

At first glance, the Nationals look like an appealing baseball pick, but the White Sox have hardly been pushovers to begin the season and aren't going to go down easy.

So, instead of selecting a side here, we are going to recommend a pick on the UNDER. Both starting pitchers know how to get outs and we think they'll each do enough to keep this game's total runs below 7.5. 

Offense ruled game one of this series, but we see the opposite holding true in game two. Best of luck with all of your sports picks today! 

Pick: UNDER 7.5 at bodog