The Red Sox (62-56, 27-28 away) travel to take on the Nationals (53-66, 25-34 home) in game one of this interleague matchup. Nick Pivetta is getting the start for the Red Sox while Josiah Gray is starting for the Nationals. See who I like to pick up the win in today’s Boston Red Sox vs. Washington Nationals showdown at Nationals Park.
BOSTON RED SOX VS WASHINGTON NATIONALS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Washington Nationals +143
This game will be played at Nationals Park at 7:05 ET on Tuesday, August 15th.
WHY BET THE WASHINGTON NATIONALS:
- In their previous ten games, the Nationals have a record of 7-3.
- The Nationals are on a four game winning streak as the home underdog.
- Nick Pivetta has given up four home runs across his last two starts.
BOSTON RED SOX SEEK TO IMPROVE THEIR ROAD RECORD
On a record of 62-56, the Red Sox come into today’s game 4th in the AL East. When playing at home, they are 35-28 and 27-28 on the road. Boston has played in 38 series thus far, and have gone 20-15-3.
Today, Boston’s Nick Pivetta will look to improve his performance in keeping the ball in the park after surrendering a home-run in three consecutive outings. The right-hander has compiled an 8-6 record and 4.16 ERA, while striking out 120 batters and averaging 11.1 K/9. Additionally, he has averaged 3.51 walks per 9 innings pitched this season.
Nick Pivetta notched a victory in his most recent outing, as the Red Sox edged out the Royals 4-3. The right-hander allowed two runs and four hits over six innings of work.
This season, the Red Sox are 9th in the league at 4.8 runs per game. Over their last ten games, they have a combined batting average of .246 (15th) leading to 3.6 runs per contest. Overall, they are generating 3.0 walks per game compared to 8 strikeouts. Boston’s on-base percentage of .328 has them 6th in the MLB.
Rafael Devers has been one of the Boston Red Sox’s most productive hitters in 2023. The third baseman boasts a .265 batting average and has driven in 79 runs, while also launching 26 home runs.
WILL THE WASHINGTON NATIONALS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
Washington head into today’s game seeking their 4th straight win and are in 5th place in the NL East. On the road, Washington is 28-32 and 25-34 at home. With an overall record of 53-66, the Nationals have a series win percentage of 39% (14-22-2).
Josiah Gray has made 23 appearances this season, boasting a .392 slugging percentage allowed and a 1.44 WHIP. His overall record stands at 7-9 with an ERA of 3.69, and he has tallied 110 strikeouts, averaging 7.82 per nine innings. Gray’s performance on the road is 4-4 with an ERA of 2.98, while his home record is 3-5 with an ERA of 5.62.
Josiah Gray’s last outing saw him surrender six hits over 4 2/3 innings, resulting in four earned runs. Unfortunately, he did not factor into the decision as the Nationals edged out the Phillies 5-4.
Offensively, Washington is ranked 18th in the league with an average of 4.3 runs per game. When looking over their last ten matchups, the Nationals averaged 4.2 runs per contest, which is 6th best in that span. In terms of their power numbers, Washington is 26th in all of baseball, with a total of 108 home runs.
Keibert Ruiz has been a key contributor to the Washington offense this season, boasting a .255 batting average and .408 slugging percentage. In the team’s last ten games, he has been especially impressive, leading the squad in hits and batting an impressive .385.