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The Boston Red Sox are set to take on the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. This interleague matchup will get going at 6:05 p.m. ET and fans can tune in to Mid-Atlantic Sports Network to catch the action.

Boston Red Sox vs. Washington Nationals Odds

Oddsmakers have offered identical moneyline odds (-105) on each team. The total is sitting at 9 runs and bettors can take the over or the under for -110. You can also wager on the games spread with the current runline odds sitting at +140 for the Red Sox -1.5 runs and -160 for the Nationals +1.5.

The Nationals are 42-41 straight up (SU) and 40-42 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 13.6 units for moneyline bettors and 3.9 units (ATS). The Red Sox, on the other hand, have gone 57-29 SU this year and are 48-37 ATS. In total, the teams accumulated 13.7 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 10.7 units ATS.

Nationals games have had an over/under record of 32-48-2 so far in 2018. Boston has an over/under record of 40-42-3.

Southpaw Brian Johnson is the probable starter for Boston. Johnson (1-2, 4.28 ERA) has racked up 35 strikeouts in 40 innings so far. He has yet to face the Nationals this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Nationals are handing the ball to righty Tanner Roark (3-9, 4.10 ERA), who has 84 strikeouts and 36 walks to his credit, as well as a 1.27 WHIP. Roark did not record a start against the Red Sox in 2017.

Boston’s pitchers have allowed 3.8 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.82 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 9.56 K/9. The bullpen has managed a solid ERA of just 3.17, along with a WHIP of 1.21.

Red Sox hitters have slashed .265/.333/.455 on their way to 5.2 runs scored per game this season, including 6.0 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 4.2 per game over the teams last five contests (3-2 SU).

Boston’s hitters have been paced by J.D. Martinez and Andrew Benintendi, who have already combined to drive in 120 runs. Martinez is slashing .324/.391/.634 with 25 home runs, 67 RBIs and 58 runs scored, while Benintendi is hitting .280 with 13 homers, 53 RBIs, 56 runs and 16 stolen bases.

For the home team, Washington’s pitchers have yielded 3.9 runs per game overall in 2018. The teams starters have an ERA of 3.61, a WHIP of 1.18 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 9.6. The bullpen has a 3.77 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 9.0 K/9.

The Washington offense is putting up 4.2 runs per contest, including 4.1 per game over its last 10 games and 5.6 per game over its last five. The team has slashed .267/.357/.487 over its last five games and is 1-4 SU during that span.

Shortstop Trea Turner and third baseman Anthony Rendon have led the way for the Nationals batters this year. Turner is slashing .270/.352/.405 with nine home runs, 29 RBIs, 48 runs and 22 stolen bases, and Rendon’s line is .291/.356/.537 with 12 homers, 37 RBIs and 35 runs.

Boston Red Sox at Washington Nationals MLB Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Nationals, ATS Winner – Nationals, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • Boston has recorded 15 extra-base hits over its last five contests. Washington has 19 XBH over its last five.
  • The Nationals have lost six of their last seven games SU.
  • Boston has recorded 26.2 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 games and 20.6 over its last five.
  • The Red Sox have hit 14 home runs in their last 10 games. The Nationals have hit 13 over their last 10.