2017 MLB Expert Picks For Texas At Washington
We are still relatively early in the major league baseball season, but we already have a clear indication of which teams are going to be the ones to beat in the National League. Two of the three divisions in the NL are already out of control, with the Houston Astros running away with the West, while the Washington Nationals are dominating the East. The question that needs to be asked here is whether these two teams are really this good, or whether the rest of the teams in those divisions are just that bad. My guess is that it’s a little bit of both. The Washington Nationals will get a little taste of the West when they welcome in the Texas Rangers for a weekend series. The Nats are going as strong as ever, while the Rangers are on a huge rollercoaster ride that is currently on the downward slope. This should be a series that the Nationals win, but you never know when this Rangers team might kick off another big winning run like they had recently. Find out more about the latest MLB betting predictions here.
Here’s A Closer Look At The 2017 MLB Expert Picks For Rangers At Nationals
When: Friday, June 9 at 7:05 PM EST
Where: Nationals Park, Washington
Starting Pitchers: Andrew Cashner Vs Tanner Roark
TV: FSSW, MASN 2
Radio: 205.3 The Fan, KFLC 1270, 106.7 The Fan
Live Stream: MLB.TV
MLB Odds: Washington Nationals Moneyline -180
Why bet on the Texas Rangers
This Texas Rangers (27-32) team has been impossible to figure out this season, as they seem to go through huge swings in form. Given their recent form, it’s easy to forget that it wasn’t that long ago they were putting together a double-digit win streak that had us all believing that they might be ready to take a run at the Astros. They have gone off the rails badly since that run, though, and are currently 3-7 in their last 10 games, sitting 14.5 games back of Houston. Bullpen issues are a part of the problem, as they are 6th in quality starts, which is usually a sign that a team might be winning some games. Andrew Cashner (2-5, 3.39 ERA) will start.
Why bet on the Washington Nationals
It’s really all starting to look a little too easy for the Washington Nationals (37-21), as they now have a solid 11.5-game lead in the NL East. None of the other teams are really making any sort of move, which would be hard to do anyways when you look at the current form of this Washington team. They are coming off a big series win over the Dodgers, and are now 7-3 in their last 10 games. They are 2nd in runs scored in the MLB, and are first in quality starts with 38, proving that they are a team with near perfect balance. Tanner Roark (6-2, 3.95 ERA) will get the start for the Nationals on Friday night.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The Texas Rangers are an appalling 9-18 on the road this season, which is not good when you are going against a team that excels at home. This should be a comfortable win for the Nationals.