Last-Place Clubs Collide
The Washington Nationals try for a two-game winning streak for the first time in nearly two weeks when they face the host Baltimore Orioles in the first of a two-game interleague series on Tuesday night. Washington snapped an eight-game losing streak with a win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday, but sits in last place in the National League East standings.
Baltimore has won three of four but is also in last place in its division, the American League East. These two teams don’t play each other often, so it’s going to be hard to predict how you want to make any bet online on this game. We’ve got our in-depth preview of the contest to try to help you decide.
Soto Leads Outburst
The Washington Nationals have one of the better players in the game in outfielder Juan Soto, but the All-Star has been struggling at the plate of late. But Soto is hoping his three-run home run in Sunday’s win over the Philadelphia Phillies is the start of something good for him and for the Nationals.
“It’s like a flush,” Soto said after Sunday’s win. “You flush your mind, your body, everything. You feel amazing. Your work’s coming through.”
Soto is hitting just .218, easily his lowest batting average in five major league seasons. He does have 12 doubles, 14 home runs, 31 RBIs and 38 runs scored, but the Nationals need him to do even more to lead the club.
First baseman Josh Bell has been having a solid campaign, leading the team with a .294 batting average and 44 RBIs. Bell also has 10 doubles, a triple and 37 runs scored. He had six hits, including four home runs, in the five-game series with the Phillies.
Right-hander Erick Fedde will be on the mound for the Nationals for Tuesday’s series opener. Fedde is 4-5 with a 4.88 ERA in 13 starts, striking out 51 in 62.2 innings. He’s had his struggles over his last four starts, allowing 16 earned runs in 17 innings.
Orioles: Solid Stretch On Mound
The Baltimore Orioles enter Tuesday’s contest having won three of four against division foes, allowing a total of three runs in those three victories. It was an up-and-down series for the team over the weekend against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Orioles lost the middle game by a 7-6 count but outscored the Rays 3-1 in the other two contests.
Baltimore will go with Jordan Lyles in the series opener. He was a late scratch from his scheduled start on Sunday due to a stomach virus.
Offensively, outfielder Trey Mancini has been the most consistent hitter with a team-best .283 batting average, but he’s been in and out of the lineup over the last week with recurring soreness in his right hand. Mancini has 10 doubles, a triple, six home runs, 25 RBIs and 26 runs scored.
Outfielder Austin Hays had a rough weekend, going 1-for-11 at the plate with four strikeouts. Hays paces the Orioles with 37 RBIs while batting .280, adding 15 doubles, nine home runs and 34 runs scored.
Nationals vs Orioles Head-To-Head
The Beltway Series between the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles has been fairly even in recent years, with Baltimore holding a slight 9-7 advantage over the past three seasons. The two teams tied the season series in 2021, with each sweeping a three-game series at home.
Baltimore’s success at home last season was a big change from the previous three seasons, as Washington went 6-2 at Camden Yards from 2018 to 2020. As we look at the MLB lines for Tuesday’s contest, the Orioles are getting the slight edge at home.
Nationals vs Orioles Game Information
- Game: Nationals (24-46) vs Orioles (30-38)
- Location: Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore
- Day/Time: Tuesday, 7:05 p.m. ET
- Nationales vs Orioles Live Stream: MLB.tv
Nationals vs Orioles Betting Lines
E. Fedde -R
|+1½ -180||+117||9½ -115o||4½-110o / 4½ -120u|
J. Lyles -R
|-1½ +160||-127||9½ -105u||4½-130o / 4½ Evu|
Nationals vs Orioles Prediction
The Baltimore Orioles have been putting it together lately for some good wins, and they’re looking to keep that going against the struggling Washington Nationals. It won’t be easy, but we like Baltimore to get out to a good start with a victory on Tuesday night.