Gio Gonzalez (7-9, 4.13 ERA) and the Washington Nationals (66-46) go up against Josh Tomlin (11-4, 3.81 ERA) and the Cleveland Indians (63-47) in the second of a two-game interleague series at Nationals Park. The Indians won the last game 3-1, and Cleveland leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 4:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 10 and will air on STOh and MASN.
In his last start, Gonzalez pitched 7.0 innings, giving up one run, striking out seven and walking one in a 5-1 victory over the Giants. The Indians were unsuccessful against the Yankees 13-7 the last time Tomlin pitched. He went 4.2 innings, allowing seven runs, striking out two and walking two. Mike Napoli (.253, 71 Rs, 28 HRs, 79 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Washington, a -133 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Cleveland. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is eight runs. The Nationals perform well as a favorite with a 56-31 record and have an overall money line of +85. They have performed well against the AL to earn a SU record of 10-5 and an 8-3 record when they were the favorite. The Nationals seem to play better on offense against opponents from the AL, putting up an average of 5.5 runs per game, well over their season average of 4.7. Turning to the pitching and defensive side, the Washington pitching staff and defense is very good at home, only giving up 3.5 runs per game. The Nationals are third in the league in WHIP at 1.158. An area where the Nationals are particularly strong is striking batters out, where they average an NL-best 9.4 K's per game.
Moving on to the away team, the Indians come into this game with a win percentage of .536 when playing as the underdog (15-13) and an overall money line of +483. Against interleague competitors, they are 10-6 SU and have an unblemished 2-0 record when they were an underdog to win. The last 10 games have really brought the worst out of the Cleveland pitchers. They allowed 5.9 runs per game during that span, which is higher than their season average of 4.2. They also allow just 7.9 hits per road game, the best in the AL.
In their previous three games this season, the Indians have a 2-1 record. The Nationals will take on a right-hander (Tomlin) in this game and have a 50-35 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The left-handed Gonzalez will take the mound against the Indians. Against lefty starters this season, they've racked up an impressive 21-10 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - WAS, O/U - Over
Cleveland recorded at least two errors for the 17th time this season.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Nationals are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Indians have a 24-0 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they are outhit, the Indians are 8-33. The Nationals have a 12-28 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking ninth in home runs, Cleveland has hit 144 this season. Washington ranks fifth with 148 home runs.
Ranking eighth, Washington is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.54 per game. Cleveland ranks in the top five with 9.05.
Washington and Cleveland both rank in the top 10 of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Washington sits at 10th with an OPS of .755, and Cleveland ranks seventh with an OPS of .764.
When the Indians allow at least one home run, they are 38-41. When the Nationals allow one or more homers, they have a 37-35 record.