Kevin Gausman (4-10, 4.11 ERA) and Reynaldo Lopez (2-1, 4.37 ERA) take the hill in the second of a two-game series between the Baltimore Orioles (68-56) and the Washington Nationals (73-51) at Camden Yards. The Orioles won the last game 4-3, and Baltimore leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 23 and can be seen on MASN and MAS2.

Gausman pitched 6.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering five runs (one unearned), striking out eight and walking one in a 13-5 win over the Astros. Mark Trumbo (.256, 71 Rs, 38 HRs, 92 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 2 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. Lopez went 7.0 innings, surrendering two, striking out 11 and walking two in an 8-2 win over the Braves in his last outing. Daniel Murphy (.347, 75 Rs, 23 HRs, 90 RBIs, 3 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Nationals, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one RBI.

Baltimore is a -133 favorite against Washington and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at nine runs. The Orioles have recorded an overall money line of +1,033 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 46-22. Baltimore is an impressive 3-1 as the favorite over its last 10 games. The Orioles have seen an uptick in scoring against teams in the NL, averaging 5.6 runs per game. They average 4.7 runs per game on the season. The Orioles lead the MLB in home runs with 194. Baltimore's pitching staff has been doing poorly against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, allowing an average of 6.8 runs per game, well above its season average of 4.5.

As for their opponent, Washington is coming in with an overall money line of -18 and a disappointing record of 10-16 as the underdog. Washington has put in a mixed performance against interleague opponents, coming in with a nice record SU ({}) but quite a few losses as the underdog (2-3). Offensively, they average 4.9 runs per game, which is good for fourth in the NL. Washington is excellent at drawing walks with 3.5 per game, ranking fourth in the NL. The Nationals allow 3.7 runs per game, but have damaged those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 5.7 runs per game during that span. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Nationals are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.180 for the season. The Nationals have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an NL-best 9.2 strikeouts per game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.

The Orioles have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Orioles have a 51-38 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Lopez takes the mound. Gausman (RHP) will be on the hill against the Nationals, who have a 56-40 record against right-handed starting pitchers.

Predictions: SU Winner - WAS, O/U - Over


In their last game, the Nationals lost by a margin of one run. The Orioles are 15-13 in one-run games. The Nationals have a 19-15 record in close games.

The Orioles managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Nationals who are coming in with a 28-11 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.

When they are outhit, the Orioles are 17-43. The Nationals have a 13-29 record when opponents outhit them.

Baltimore ranks at the top of the league when it comes to home runs this season with 194. Washington ranks in the top five with 166.

Ranking eighth, Washington is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.69 per game. Baltimore ranks in the top five with 8.99.

Ranking seventh, Washington is in the top 10 of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.764). Baltimore ranks in the top five with an OPS of .773.

When the Nationals allow at least one home run, they are 41-40. When the Orioles allow one or more homers, they have a 40-44 record.