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Strasburg, Nats start set in Detroit

Stephen Strasburg is the probable pitcher for the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night as they begin an MLB betting series on the road against Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers.

Strasburg is just 5-8 for the Nationals so far this season, but he has a 2.85 ERA and has managed to strike out 127 batters over his 123 1-3 innings of work. Washington has won just two of the righthander's last eight trips to the mound.

Getting the ball for the Tigers is Anibal Sanchez, who owns a 8-7 record on the season with a 2.68 ERA.

View Washington vs Detroit Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Those going with the Tigers in this one found them listed as moneyline favorites of -136 at TopBet for Monday's contest. The total was hovering near 7.5 at Bovada.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Tigers rated this week at No. 1 and the Nationals sitting at No. 8.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Detroit's No. 1-rated American League offense, averaging 5.1 runs per game, against a Nationals defense that ranks No. 6 in the National League at 4 in runs allowed per game. The Tigers have averaged 9.9 hits per game so far, more than Nationals batters have averaged on the year (8 hits per game).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Detroit has the American League's No. 5-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Nationals own the National League's No. 6 mark in runs allowed.

Washington won its last outing, a 14-1 result against the Mets on July 28. Bettors who backed the Nationals at -165 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (15) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Washington enjoyed a laugher in their last game on Sunday, running up a 14-1 score against the Mets.

The Tigers were a 12-4 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Phillies. That made winners of bettors who got Detroit at -230 on the moneyline, while the total score (16) was good news for OVER bettors. The Tigers enjoyed a 12-4 victory at the expense of the Phillies on Sunday, with Rick Porcello throwing 6 innings of 7-hit ball at Comerica Park.

Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Detroit are 4-6
After playing NY Mets are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

Detroit Tigers Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Washington are 9-1
After playing Philadelphia are 6-4
After a win are 5-5

A few Nationals at Tigers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Washington's last 8 games when playing Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Washington's last 7 games on the road
Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Washington's last 18 games
Detroit is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Detroit's last 8 games when playing Washington
Detroit is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Detroit is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Washington

Next up:
Washington at Detroit, Wednesday, July 31