The battle of the Beltway weekend series comes to a close as the Washington Nationals (45-52, 18-27 Away) wrap things up with the Baltimore Orioles (33-64, 15-30 Home) on Sunday afternoon. The first pitch from Camden Yards is scheduled for 1:05 pm EST.
The Nationals swept the first series between the two back in May in Washington, with the Orioles looking to return the favor after taking the first two games of the current set this weekend.
Sunday’s series (and season) finale will feature a pitching matchup between the Nats’ Paolo Espino and the O’s John Means.
Washington Nationals Betting Preview: Peaks & Valleys
A week ago, the Nationals were on the verge of scoring 32 runs over a three-game stretch. This, after allowing a whopping 34 runs in their first two games after the All-Star break. The bats have gone silent since their offensive breakout, scoring just five runs in their three most recent contests, all losses.
The opportunities have been there, but the lineup hasn’t been able to cash in. They’ve gone just 1-21 with runners in scoring position, leaving 18 runners on base over this three-game skid.
Max Scherzer was scratched from his scheduled start on Saturday due to discomfort in his triceps, opening the door for Jon Lester to make his first start in Baltimore since 2014.
Baltimore Orioles Betting Preview: Comforts of Home
The Orioles are now 5-3 since the break, winning back-to-back games at home for the first time since June 6 and 8 against the Indians and Mets. A win Sunday would give Baltimore just their third sweep of the season, the last coming in Houston in late June after breaking out the brooms to begin the year in Boston.
The Orioles still have just 15 wins at Camden Yards, the fewest home wins in baseball, but they’re clearly playing better baseball.
Matt Harvey turned back the clock on Saturday, registering a six-inning, one-hit start for the first time since 2013 and beating the Nationals for the first time since 2015.
Nationals vs. Orioles Betting Odds & Lines
According to MyBookie, the Orioles are the moneyline favorites (-125) on Sunday with an over/under of 10 runs. Baltimore is +145 on the run line, while Washington is a slight moneyline dog (+105) and -170 getting a run and a half.
Free Betting Pick
This is unfamiliar territory for the Orioles as they play the role of favorite for the first time in this series. Being the chalk hasn’t been kind to the O’s as they’re just 18-43 in their last 61 games as a favorite. Means has lost three straight decisions after going unbeaten in his first 10 to start the season.
Add in the fact that the Nats are 11-1 in their last 12 interleague games vs. a left-handed starter and 7-0 in their last seven interleague road tilts vs. a lefty, and we’re on the visiting team to avoid the sweep.