Texas Rangers vs. Washington Nationals: MLB Betting Odds and Picks

The Texas Rangers (28-26) and Washington Nationals (25-27) will meet up in a interleague matchup Friday night at Nationals Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET

Texas Rangers vs. Washington Nationals 

Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg has done his best work at home this season
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg has done his best work at home this season

Texas is 6-2 on its current road trip, as it comes off a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Twins as +113 road underdogs Thursday, while going OVER the betting total of 8.5.  The Rangers are being led by third baseman Adrian Beltre offensively, as he’s batting .395 over his last 11 games.  It’s important to point out that closer Joakim Soria could be unavailable for this affair, as he’s thrown in three consecutive contests.  Texas is 5-2 as road underdogs of +150 to +175, with the OVER cashing in six of those opportunities.

Rangers starting pitcher Colby Lewis (4-3, 5.10 ERA) tallied a 12-4 road victory over the  Detroit Tigers in his last trip to the mound—allowing two runs and five hits over 5.2 innings of work.  The right-hander is 3-0 with a 2.86 ERA in four road efforts, with opposing hitters batting .279 against him.  In his last six interleague road starts, Lewis has put together a 5-1 record and 2.00 ERA.

Washington has dropped six of its last seven games, including an 8-5 setback to the Miami Marlins as -143 home favorites Wednesday, while going OVER the betting total of 7.5.  The Nationals really need outfielder Jayson Werth to get things going offensively, as he’s 6 for his last 28 at the plate.  Offensively, the squad is hitting just .127 with runners in scoring position in its last sevens, with Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman continuing to sit out with injuries.  Washington is 8-13 versus teams with a winning record.

Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg has watched the club drop his last three efforts, with the offensive scoring just six runs over that span.  The right-hander is 3-1 with a 2.35 ERA in six home outings—issuing 10 walks and striking out 48 batters in 38.1 combined frames.  Strasburg has tallied a 2-1 record and 1.80 ERA in four career interleague home starts.

Sports bettors will likely play the total, as the UNDER is 5-2-1 in the last eight meetings in this series.

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