There is perhaps nothing more frustrating for a team than seeing their season start to slip away while we are still in the relatively early part of the season. There are several teams out there who already look to be well out of contention in the race for a division crown, and while the Wild Card still beckons for some, continuing to lose means seeing that possibility also start to fade. In many respects, interleague games are viewed as a bit of a welcome break from those races, but the reality is that the wins and losses in those games are just as important as they are against conference foes.
We have a pair of teams on the outside looking in at the playoff races going head to head to start the week, with the Chicago White Sox in the nation’s capital to face the Washington Nationals. Both of these teams are in dire need of wins, so it’s all to play for here. The Nationals are favored by 1 ½ at home in the Tuesday night game, with the run total for this one set at 8 ½.
White Sox vs Nationals MLB Betting Odds, Game Info & Expert Pick
- When: Tuesday, June 4 at 7:05 PM EST
- Where: Nationals Park, Washington
- TV: MASN
- Radio: Chicago / Washington
- Live Stream: MLB.tv
- Starting Pitchers: Lopez Vs Strasburg
- MLB Odds: Nationals 1.5 (-135)
Why bet on the Chicago White Sox?
While they may still be a game below .500 at 29-30 on the season, the Chicago White Sox have very quietly moved their way up to the #2 slot in the AL Central. While that may seem like a nice little achievement, which it is, it’s still worth remembering that they are 11 ½ games back of the red-hot Minnesota Twins in first place. The White Sox are 6-4 in their last 10 games, which has helped them move to within 2 games of the final Wild Card slot in the AL.
The road has been a tough slog for Chicago, who are 12-16 in away games this season, while also going 13-12 ATS as a road dog. This will be their first interleague game of the season, and they will start Reynaldo Lopez (3-5, 6.20 ERA).
- Runs: 4.27
- Hits: 8.41
- Walks: 2.58
- Strike Outs: 9.54
- Runs: 5.00
- Hits: 8.56
- Walks: 3.71
- Strike Outs: 7.83
Why bet on the Washington Nationals?
It has been a rough start to the season for the Washington Nationals, but there are some signs that they might be slowly starting to turn things around. They are 7 games under .500 at 26-33 heading into this series, but they are also on a run that has seen them win 7 of their last 10 games. That has taken them to within 6 ½ games of the lead in the NL East, and while that is still a lot to make up, it is certainly not an insurmountable task given the number of games still to be played.
They do, though, need to get better at home, where they are 13-15. They have been especially poor there as a favorite, going 7-16 ATS. It will be Stephen Strasburg (5-3, 3.19 ERA) who starts for the Nationals.
- Runs: 4.71
- Hits: 8.49
- Walks: 3.36
- Strike Outs: 9.14
- Runs: 5.05
- Hits: 8.63
- Walks: 3.34
- Strike Outs: 9.66
White Sox vs Nationals MLB Betting Trends
- White Sox are 6-1 SU in the last 7 games
- The total went UNDER in 7 of the White Sox’s last 9 games
- Nationals are 4-1 SU in the last 5 games
- The total went OVER in 4 of the Nationals’ last 6 games against the White Sox
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction for White Sox vs Nationals
This will be the first interleague game for both teams this season, and I believe that it’s one that the Nationals will win in rather comfortable fashion. I like Washington to win and cover on Tuesday night.
Chicago White Sox 3 Washington Nationals 6