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Nationals face Boston Red Sox: MLB odds preview and stats

Washington NationalsBoston Red Sox
June 9, 4:05 PM | GrassFenway Park

Washington Nationals vs Boston Red Sox Odds

33-23TEAM RECORD29-29

Baseball betting stays focused on inter-league play on Saturday as the Nationals of Washington swing away against the Red Sox of Boston.

For the Red Sox, Daisuke Matsuzaka gets the ball, charged with keeping the Nationals hitters off the base paths. He'll face Gio Gonzalez, 7-2 on the year.

View Washington vs Boston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Nationals were listed as 100 favorites on the baseball moneyline at many online sportsbooks. The total was set at 8.5 before betting started earlier on Monday.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the American League No. 5-ranked Red Sox and the National League No. 7-rated Nationals in this matchup.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Boston's No. 2-rated American League offense, averaging 5.2 runs per game, against a Nationals defense that ranks No. 1 in the National League at 3.3 in runs allowed per game. The Red Sox have averaged 9.6 hits per game so far, more than Nationals batters have averaged on the year (8.2 hits per game).

Defensively, Washington features the National League's No. 1-rated defense on the road, allowing 3.1 runs per game. Boston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 3 in the American League at home, scoring 5.3 runs per game.

In their last action, Washington was a 7-4 winner on the road against the Red Sox. Bettors on Washington at -103 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (11) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. Stephen Strasburg fanned 13 Boston batters in the team's last outing, leading the Nationals to a 7-4 victory over the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Boston are 2-8
After playing Boston are 3-7
After a win are 5-5

Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Washington are 9-1
After playing Washington are 7-3
After a loss are 8-2

A few Nationals at Red Sox trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 5 games when playing Boston
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 7 games on the road
Washington is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 15 of Washington's last 23 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 5 games when playing Washington
Boston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Washington
Boston is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games when playing Washington
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Boston's last 8 games at home

Next up:
Washington at Boston, Sunday, June 10