Heading into the final 2 weeks of the season with a 6 game deficit to make up is not a position that anyone wants to find themselves in. The defending champion San Francisco Giants are in that position, as are pre-season favorites the Washington Nationals. If neither can pull off the near impossible, they will miss the postseason. The Nationals will continue their push when they welcome in the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday where they’re listed as MLB betting favorites for the match.
Inside Scoop on the Baltimore Orioles at Washington Nationals MLB Odds Preview & TV Info
Date: Thursday, September 24, 2015
Venue: Nationals Park
Opening Line: Washington -139
A true baseball legend. Rest in peace, Yogi. https://t.co/eduV3uNjHa
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) September 23, 2015
If every player on the Washington Nationals (78-72) was playing at or near the level of Bryce Harper right now, this team would be unstoppable. The sad fact of the matter, though, is that Harper has all too often looked like a man trying to do it all on his own. He has already crossed the 40 HR mark, and will likely hit 100 RBI before the week is out. He is an incredible .522 in his last 7 games, during which time he has hit 4 HR and driven in 9. He helped lead the Nationals to a 7-1 record last week, but a loss to the Orioles on Tuesday has seen Washington fall another half game off the pace. Time is very quickly running out for them, and there is simply no more margin for error. Tanner Roark (4-6, 4.73 ERA) will get the start for Washington.
It may not have been glamorous, but the Orioles (74-76) have to be pleased with the fact that they put together a winning record last week. There is really nothing for them to play for at this point, but they still have the chance to play a part in the playoff race in the final couple of weeks. If they can pick up another win against Washington in this series, it may well be the dagger to the heart that finally kills the Nationals off. The O’s also have the chance to help decide who will win the AL East, but that is small consolation for a team that came into the season thinking they had a legitimate shot at winning the division. With a number of key players about to hit free agency, the Orioles have some decisions to make moving forward. Tyler Wilson (2-2, 3.72 ERA) will get the start for the Orioles.
Key Online Betting Trends
Baltimore is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games
Baltimore is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Baltimore’s last 7 games on the road
Baltimore is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Baltimore’s last 7 games when playing Washington
Washington is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington’s last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Washington’s last 10 games at home
Washington is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing Baltimore
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington’s last 7 games when playing Baltimore
Consider This Before Placing Your Bets
It is probably just delaying the inevitable, but I think the Washington Nationals will live to fight another day by picking up the win in this one.