Joe Ross (3-1, 1.23 ERA) and Michael Fulmer (1-1, 6.30 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Washington Nationals (20-12) and the Detroit Tigers (14-17) at Nationals Park. The Tigers lost the last game 5-4, continuing a seven-game losing streak. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 10 and can be seen on MASN and FSDT.
Ross pitched 6.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs, striking out nine and walking two in a 5-2 defeat to the Cubs. Daniel Murphy (.398, 21 Rs, 5 HRs, 20 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and three RBIs. Fulmer went 5.0 innings, surrendering five runs, striking out six and walking two in a 9-4 defeat to the Indians in his last outing. Nick Castellanos (.380, 14 Rs, 6 HRs, 26 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Tigers, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
The odds for Washington and Detroit are Nationals -160, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.
The Nationals have the edge in the season series, 1-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - WAS
The Tigers lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Nationals are 5-4. The Tigers are 3-4 in close games this season.
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 6-6 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Tigers are 3-11. The Nationals have a 3-9 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 14th in home runs, Detroit has hit 35 this season. Washington ranks ninth with 39 home runs.
Ranking 18th, Washington is in the bottom half of the league in hits, notching 8.16 per game. Detroit ranks in the top 10 with 8.81.
Ranking 16th, Washington is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.720). Detroit ranks in the top half with an OPS of .724.
When the Tigers allow at least one home run, they are 7-13. When the Nationals allow one or more homers, they have a 10-9 record.