Joe Ross (5-4, 2.37 ERA) is on the hill for the Washington Nationals (34-23) as they square off against Mat Latos (6-1, 4.02 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (29-28) in the first of a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 7 and can be seen on CSCh and MAS2.
Latos pitched 5.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering four runs (two unearned), striking out five and walking three in a 6-4 win over the Mets. Todd Frazier (.219, 35 Rs, 18 HRs, 40 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 4 Sunday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Ross went 7.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out five and walking two in a 5-1 win over the Phillies in his most recent start. Daniel Murphy (.384, 34 Rs, 10 HRs, 37 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Nationals, going 3 for 5 Sunday with three runs, one home run, and three RBIs.
The Nationals are a -140 road favorite in this interleague clash with a total of 9.
Pick - Wash
The Nationals won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the White Sox are 10-11. The Nationals are 9-6 in close games this season.
The White Sox managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Nationals who are coming in with a 14-10 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the White Sox are 4-23. The Nationals have a 5-16 record when opponents outhit them.
Chicago ranks near the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 51 this season. Washington ranks in the top five at fourth with 76.
Ranking 14th, Chicago is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 181 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 198.
The White Sox are 20-16 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Nationals are 27-12 when they hit at least one homer.