The Washington Nationals (32-23) and Boston Red Sox (29-28) will open up a three-game interleague series on Friday night at Fenway Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 ET
Washington Nationals at Boston Red Sox
Washington was unable to complete a three-game sweep of the New York Mets in falling 3-1 on Thursday afternoon at home, as the club has split its last 10 games overall. The Nationals are certainly happy that third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is starting to swing the bat, getting five hits in his last 13 at-bats. “It’s hard to win three games in a row against one team,” stated Zimmerman after the team’s last game. The club will now play 15 challenging games against the AL East, with all five clubs within that division being above .500 entering the weekend. Washington is 14-22 in interleague play over the last two-plus years.
Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (6-1, 2.35 ERA) has won his last three starts, including a 2-0 home win over the Atlanta Braves last time out, tossing seven shutout innings and scattering four hits. The right-hander is 3-0 with a 2.03 ERA in five road outings, surrendering just a single home run in 31 frames. Strasburg has faced only three Red Sox on their current roster, as he gets set to face the franchise for the first time in his career.
Boston ended a three-game losing streak by picking up a 7-0 home victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night, with first baseman Adrian Gonzalez coming to life at the plate. He managed to get three hits in four at-bats, as he looks to move past a recent 2 for 17 skid that he was suffering from. The Red Sox rank second among AL clubs with a 25-18 record since April 23, and have a great chance of improving upon that mark due to winning nine meetings with the Washington franchise at home. Boston is 3-6 as a home underdog of +100 to +125 over the past two-plus seasons.
Red Sox starting pitcher Felix Doubront (6-2, 3.75 ERA) has won a pair of 7-4 games in his last two efforts, allowing five runs (four earned) and 11 hits over 12.1 innings in that span. The left-hander is 2-1 with a 4.33 ERA in five home outings, issuing nine walks and striking out 33 batters in 27 frames. Doubront will also be making his first-ever appearance in this interleague series.
Bettors will likely back the Nationals due to their 6-1 record in interleague play versus left-handed starters, while the Red Sox are 7-17 at home against right-handed pitchers.
Pick: Washington Nationals +100
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