Boston exploded on Jordan Zimmerman to take Game 1 of this series Monday 9-4. The Sox are short favorites to make it two in a row over the Nats Tuesday.
Nats-Sox: Game 1 Recap
Boston took the opener of this series Monday afternoon 9-4, jumping on Washington starter Zimmerman for eight runs in less than three innings. Zimmerman not only gave up nine hits, but plunked two batters, both of whom later scored.
For the game the Sox banged out 13 hits, including homers by budding phenom Mookie Betts and old man David Ortiz. They also got a quality outing from starter Rick Porcello, who held the Nats to three ER and four hits through eight innings of work.
Boston won Monday as a -135 betting favorite, and to our dismay the game played OVER its total of 8.5 runs.
Boston has now scored at least six runs in five of its first seven games, and consequently is 6-1 on the OVERS.
Meanwhile, the Nationals have scored a total of 17 runs through their first seven contests.
Game 2 Betting Odds
As of early Tuesday morning the best price on the MLB odds we could find on Washington and Stephen Strasburg was the +100 offered at Pinnacle, while Boston and Justin Masterson could be found at -108 at Heritage.
Game 2 Pitching Match-Up
Masterson will be making his second start of the season, after holding Philadelphia to two runs on three hits through six innings of a 6-2 Boston victory last Thursday. The former Sock who came back to Boston over the off-season is trying to bounce back after a poor 2014 in which he went just eight-for-25 on quality starts.
Masterson last faced Washington two seasons ago, when as an Indian he gave up just one run and two hits through seven innings of a 2-1 Cleveland victory.
Strasburg will also be making his second start of this season, after giving up six runs – three earned – on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings of a 6-3 loss to the Mets last Thursday. The big righty needed 95 pitches to get those 16 outs, walking three guys along the way.
Last year Strasburg went 22-for-34 on quality starts; Washington went 19-15 in Strasburg's starts, with the totals going 19-13.
Strasburg last faced Boston three seasons ago, when he struck out 13 Sox in just six innings of a 7-4 Washington victory.
Washington OF Jason Werth saw his first action of this season Monday, after having surgery on his shoulder over the off-season, and went 0-for-3 with the stick. Also, new Sock Hanley Ramirez took a foul ball off his foot Monday night and left the game, but is expected to play tonight.
Free Game 2 Pick
Washington is struggling with the sticks, and the name “Strasburg” is probably keeping the line on Boston down. So the value MLB pick in this spot resides with the Sox.
Free MLB Pick: Boston -108 at Heritage