Stephen Strasburg (5-0, 2.36 ERA) takes the mound for the Washington Nationals (19-12) as they meet Anibal Sanchez (3-3, 5.87 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers (14-16) in the first of a three-game series at Nationals Park. The Tigers enter this series on a six-game losing streak. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 9 and will air on MASN, FSDT and ESPN.
In his last start, Strasburg pitched 6.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out seven and walking one in a 13-2 victory over the Royals. Daniel Murphy (.395, 20 Rs, 4 HRs, 17 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 7 with one run. The Tigers were unsuccessful against the Indians 4-0 the last time Sanchez pitched. He went 7.0 innings, allowing four runs, striking out seven and walking three. Nick Castellanos (.375, 13 Rs, 5 HRs, 24 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
The odds are Washington -210 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.5.
Predictions: SU Winner - WAS
When leading after seven innings, Washington is 6-5, while Detroit is 5-6.
The Tigers managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Nationals who are heading in with a 6-7 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Tigers are 11-3. The Nationals have a 15-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 18th, Detroit sits in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 131 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 with 136.
Ranking 23rd, Detroit is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 85 this season. Washington ranks in the top half at 11th with 108.
When the Nationals hit at least one home run, they are 14-6, well-matched with the Tigers who are 13-7 when hitting one or more homers.