With Lineups Slowed, Play 'Under' in Nationals-Yankees Contest

Willie Bee

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 1:24 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jun. 13, 2018 1:24 PM UTC

A late pitching assignment by Washington slowed the MLB odds release for its series finale against New York and righty Sonny Gray, but the numbers are out and we'll focus on the total.

MLB Wednesday:Nationals (36-28 SU, 25-37 O/U) vs. Yankees (43-19 SU, 32-28 O/U)Free MLB Pick: Under 9.5Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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It took three tries, but the Washington Nationals and New York Yankees finally got a full-length, regulation baseball game in Tuesday night. After rain wreaked havoc with the clubs in D.C. a month ago, the Yankees drew official first blood in the interleague rivalry with a 3-0 decision behind CC Sabathia’s left arm and two home runs from Didi Gregorius.

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Shortstop pop like never before. pic.twitter.com/AtxAPkZUFb

— New York Yankees (@Yankees) June 13, 2018

Washington tries to even the short set tonight (7:05 ET) with ESPN’s cameras on hand at The House That George Built in the Bronx. The Nationals will be pinning their hopes on rookie Erick Fedde (0-1, 4.76), who is making just his second start of 2018, and only his fifth career big league appearance. New York counters with Sonny Gray (4-4, 4.81).

Gray With 0.64 ERA In 2 June Starts

Their rotation recently thinned by injuries to Stephen Strasburg and Jeremy Hellickson, the Nationals have recalled Fedde from Syracuse. A 1st-round pick out of UNLV in 2014, Fedde was up a few weeks ago to make a spot start against the Padres, working into the sixth and allowing three runs in a 3-1 setback as -140 chalk on the MLB odds board. He has made 11 starts down on the farm this season, posting a 4.76 ERA with 61 Ks over 56.2 IP and should be free to hit the 100-pitch mark tonight by Washington manager Dave Martinez.

Following inconsistent months of April and May, Gray has been solid the last two times out. He worked eight shutout frames last Wednesday in Toronto, the Yankees eventually winning it 3-0 in 13, and earned the dubya just before that with six innings of 1-run baseball in Baltimore. Pitching at home has been a much different story for the former Vanderbilt star, Gray owning a 7+ ERA with the Yankees splitting his six assignments. He faced the Nationals twice while with the A’s, one of those starts coming last June, going seven frames and allowing three runs each time out.

Umpire Notes, Mother Nature & A Free Pick

Brian O’Nora is expected to don the mask and call balls and strikes. After eight of his first 10 plate assignments this season stayed "under" the totals, two of the last three have gone "over." The last three times O’Nora had dish duty at Yankee Stadium, high-side bettors also returned to the pay window.

There is some rain in the NYC forecast today, but nothing that will linger to prevent the game from being played. Tonight’s hurlers are capable of helping the contest go "over" the posted total. Both offenses have been stagnant in recent games, however, so put me down on the "under" with this free baseball pick.

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