Max Scherzer (13-7, 3.05 ERA) and Ubaldo Jimenez (5-10, 6.94 ERA) take the hill in the second of a two-game series between the Washington Nationals (73-53) and the Baltimore Orioles (70-56) at Nationals Park. The Orioles won the last game 10-8, and Baltimore leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 25 and can be seen on MAS2 and MASN.

Scherzer pitched 6.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering four runs, striking out six and walking three in an 11-9 win over the Braves. Daniel Murphy (.347, 76 Rs, 24 HRs, 95 RBIs, 3 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 3 for 5 with one run, one home run, and five RBIs. Jimenez went 3.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out two and walking four in a 15-8 defeat to the Astros in his last outing. Manny Machado (.306, 87 Rs, 29 HRs, 78 RBIs) has been successful at the plate, going 4 for 6 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and four RBIs.

This one isn't expected to be close when Washington, a substantial -235 favorite, takes on Baltimore. The Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at eight runs for this matchup. Though the Nationals have had a tough season in terms of their overall money line (-275), they have done fairly well as a favorite with a record of 63-36. Against the AL, they have had a solid season, earning 9-4 and 11-8 records as the favorite and SU, respectively. The Nationals have no trouble scoring as they rank fourth in the NL in offense with 4.9 runs per game. Washington is one of the best in the NL in terms of walks, earning an average of 3.5 per game. Washington'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 3.8. The Nationals are the third-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.192 so far this season. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Nationals, who rank second in the NL in strikeouts per game with 9.2.

In games where it is the underdog, Baltimore has a 23-34 record and an overall money line of +1,280. Baltimore has put in a great performance against interleague opponents, coming in with a nice record SU ({}) and as the underdog (4-2). Offensively, the Orioles have really picked up the pace in the last 10 games. They have exceeded their season average of 4.8 runs per game by averaging 6.0 during that stretch. The Orioles can change the game with one swing of the bat, leading the league with 197 home runs. The Orioles allow 4.5 runs per game, but have damaged those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 6.9 runs per game during that span.

The Orioles have the edge in the season series, 3-0. The Nationals have a 56-41 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Jimenez takes the mound. Scherzer (RHP) will be on the hill against the Orioles, who have a 53-38 record against right-handed starting pitchers.

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


Washington recorded at least two errors for the 10th time this season.

The Nationals managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Orioles who are coming in with a 14-12 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.

It looks like the Orioles have a slight leg up on the Nationals, as the Orioles have won their last three games while the Nationals have lost their last four.

When they outhit their opponents, the Nationals are 54-14. The Orioles have a 46-9 record when outhitting opponents.

Both falling in the top 10 of the league based on total runs this season, Washington ranks sixth with 612 runs and Baltimore is eighth with 601.

Ranking 21st, Baltimore is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 362 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 438.

When the Nationals hit at least one home run, they are 57-30, well-matched with the Orioles who are 58-36 when hitting one or more homers.