Tribe host Nats in interleague action
The Washington Nationals will continue their road interleague series on Saturday night as they take on the Cleveland Indians once again in MLB betting action at the online sportsbooks.
And the Nationals will be looking for Jordan Zimmermann to pick up his 10th victory of the season on Saturday, with the righthander sitting at 9-3 with a 2.00 ERA. Zimmermann held the Twins scoreless on two hits in seven innings in his last start.
The Indians will rely on Scott Kazmir to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one; Kazmir is 3-4 this season.
Bettors looking to side with the Indians in this matchup found them as +132 underdogs on the MLB money line at 5Dimes. Betting the over under instead? It was 8 at its open earlier today and hovering near that number at Sportsbook.ag.
The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the National League's No. 12-rated Nationals taking on the American League's No. 8-rated Indians in this contest.
How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Cleveland's American League No. 5-ranked scoring average of 4.7 runs per game, against a Nationals offense rated No. 14 and scoring 3.5 runs per game in the league. The Indians have averaged 8.7 hits per game to date this season, more than the Nationals hitters have managed (7.7 per nine innings).
Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Cleveland has the American League's No. 10-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Nationals own the National League's No. 5 mark in runs allowed.
Last time out for Washington, they were a 2-1 loser as they battled the Indians on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Indians at -135 were rewarded, while the 3 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Washington looks to rebound from a loss to the Indians, who beat them 2-1 on Friday behind a start from Justin Masterson at Progressive Field.
Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Cleveland are 5-5
After playing Cleveland are 3-6
After a loss are 7-3
Cleveland Indians Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Washington are 7-3
After playing Washington are 5-4
After a win are 6-4
A few Nationals at Indians trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Washington's last 8 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Washington's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Washington's last 7 games when playing Cleveland
Washington is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cleveland's last 7 games when playing Washington
Cleveland is 17-6 SU in its last 23 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland's last 6 games at home
Washington at Cleveland, Sunday, June 16