The Cleveland Indians will take on the Washington Nationals. Mid-Atlantic Sports Network will televise this interleague matchup and the action gets going at 3:05 p.m. ET.
Cleveland Indians vs. Washington Nationals Odds
The Nationals are 92-69 straight up (SU) and 90-70 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 2.0 units for moneyline bettors and 16.1 units ATS. The Indians have gone 93-68 SU this year and are 86-74 ATS. They’ve lost 1.6 units for gamblers taking the moneyline, but have gained 6.5 units ATS.
Nationals games have a 74-76-10 over/under record in 2019. The Indians have been a strong under bet with a total record of 70-86-4.
The right-handed Mike Clevinger will get the nod for Cleveland. Clevinger is 13-3 with a 2.39 ERA and 165 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Nationals this year and did not record a start against them in 2018, either.
The Nationals are putting the ball in the hands of righty Joe Ross (3-4, 5.90 ERA), who has 49 strikeouts and 31 walks, along with a 1.74 WHIP. Ross did not re a start against the Indians in 2018.
Cleveland’s pitchers have allowed 4.0 runs per game and its starters own a 3.78 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 9.52 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.74, along with a K-per-9 of 9.30.
The Indians offense has slashed .250/.326/.433 on its way to 4.8 runs scored per game this season, including 5.1 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 4.6 per game over the team’s last five outings (1-4 SU).
Shortstop Francisco Lindor and first baseman Carlos Santana continue to lead Cleveland’s offense. Lindor is hitting .283/.334/.512 with 31 home runs, 73 RBIs, 100 runs and 22 stolen bases. Santana is hitting .282 with 34 homers, 93 RBIs and 110 runs scored.
In the home-team dugout, Washington’s pitching staff has given up 4.5 runs per game overall this year. Its starters have a 3.54 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 9.7 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 5.70 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 9.1 K/9.
The Washington offense is putting up 5.4 runs per outing, including 6.5 per game over its last 10 games and 7.0 per game over its last five. The team’s hit .293/.383/.535 over its last five matchups and is 5-0 SU during that span.
The Nationals’ hitters have been led by third baseman Anthony Rendon and outfielder Adam Eaton. Rendon is hitting .319/.412/.598 with 34 home runs, 126 RBIs and 117 runs scored, while Eaton’s line is .280/.364/.428 with 15 homers, 49 RBIs, 102 runs and 14 stolen bases.
Cleveland Indians vs. Washington Nationals MLB Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Nationals, ATS Winner – Indians, O/U – OVER
Cleveland has tallied 16 extra-base hits over its last five games. Washington has 20 XBH over its last five.
The Nationals have won nine of their last 10 games SU.
Washington has recorded 24.9 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 games and 25.4 over its last five.
The Indians have hit 13 home runs in their last 10 games, including nine over their last five.
The Indians have an OPS of .759 this season and an OPS of .755 against right-handed pitchers. The Nationals’ OPS sits at .797 overall and .786 versus righties.