The Baltimore Orioles (73-67) will be trying to snap their two-game losing streak when they face the Washington Nationals (49-92) in the first game of their two-game interleague series on Tuesday night.
Baltimore and Washington split their last 10 meetings.
Orioles Going For Third Consecutive Road WinThe Orioles struggled during their home stand, losing six of their last eight games. Due to their slump, they are now 5.5 games behind Toronto in the Wildcard standings and will try to cut into their rivals’ lead with a win on Tuesday, which will give them their third straight road win.
Baltimore is averaging 4.16 runs per game. Their .235 batting average is 21st in the league. Their .303 on base percentage is 25th, while their .388 slugging percentage is 19th.
Cedric Mullins leads Baltimore with a .265 batting average, while Anthony Santander leads the team with 27 home runs and 79 RBI.
Baltimore’s pitching has been good, with the team giving up 4.16 runs per game. Opponents have a .257 batting average against the Orioles, which is 26th in the league. Their 3.90 ERA is 13th, while their 1.29 WHIP is 18th.
In his last start, Kremer gave up six hits and three runs in 5.1 innings, leading to a 4-1 loss to Toronto. They will need a better effort from him if they want to get the win.
Nationals Trying To Snap Three-Game Losing StreakThe Nationals struggled over the past week and come into this game on a three-game losing streak. They will try to put an end to their streak with a win over the Orioles, which will give them their second win in their last five games.
Washington is averaging 3.87 runs per game. Their .252 batting average is 10th in the league. Their .315 on base percentage is 14th, while their .382 slugging percentage is 23rd.
Lane Thomas leads the Nationals with a .255 batting average and 15 home runs, while Nelson Cruz leads the team with 64 RBI.
Washington’s pitching is one of the worst in the league, with the team giving up 5.33 runs per game. Opponents have a .265 batting average against the Nationals, which is 28th in the league. Their 5.06 ERA is 29th, while their 1.44 WHIP is 28th.
In his last start, Espino gave up seven hits and three runs in five innings leading to a 4-1 loss to St. Louis. They will need a better performance from him if they want to win this game.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Nationals have lost five of their last six games. Even though they are playing well offensively, they will struggle in this game because Kremer has done a good job on the mound for the Orioles, giving up nine runs in his last five starts. He gave up three runs in his last two road starts and won’t have trouble slowing them down. The Orioles also struggled in recent games, but they are playing well on the road where they have won four of their last six games. Even though they struggled offensively in their last series, expect them to have a big game against Espino, who has been shaky on the mound, giving up 14 runs in his last five starts. He gave up at least three runs in three of his last four home starts and will have a hard time slowing them down, so go with the Orioles to cover the run line.
Full-Game Total Pick
The Orioles are averaging 4.16 runs per game and 4.04 runs per game on the road. They averaged four runs per game in their last three games against the Nationals. With Washington giving up 5.32 runs per game at home, the Orioles will go over their average in this game. The Nationals are averaging 3.87 runs per game and 3.75 runs per game at home. They averaged 2.33 runs per game in their last three games against the Orioles. With Baltimore giving up 4.23 runs per game on the road, the Nationals will score enough runs to push the score over the total.