Jordan Zimmermann (5-1, 1.10 ERA) starts for the Detroit Tigers (15-17) as they square off against Max Scherzer (3-2, 4.60 ERA) and the Washington Nationals (20-13) in the last of a three-game series at Nationals Park. The Tigers won the last game 5-4, and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 11 and can be seen on MASN and FSDT.
Scherzer pitched 5.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering seven runs, striking out seven and walking three in an 8-6 defeat to the Cubs. Daniel Murphy (.398, 22 Rs, 5 HRs, 20 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run. Zimmermann went 8.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out two and walking one in a 5-1 defeat to the Rangers in his last outing. Victor Martinez (.333, 17 Rs, 5 HRs, 18 RBIs) has been successful at the plate, going 4 for 5 yesterday with two runs.
The odds for Washington and Detroit are Washington -165, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.
Predictions: SU Winner - WAS
In their last game, the Tigers won by a margin of one run. The Nationals are 5-5 in one-run games. The Tigers have a 4-4 record in close games.
The Nationals managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Tigers who are coming in with a 7-6 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Nationals are 3-9. The Tigers have a 4-11 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 14th in home runs, Detroit has hit 36 this season. Washington ranks eighth with 41 home runs.
Ranking 16th, Washington is in the bottom half of the league in hits, notching 8.24 per game. Detroit ranks in the top 10 with 8.81.
Washington and Detroit both rank in the bottom half of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Washington sits at 16th with an OPS of .728, and Detroit ranks 18th with an OPS of .723.
When the Tigers allow at least one home run, they are 8-13. When the Nationals allow one or more homers, they have a 10-10 record.