As we look to make our MLB prediction for this contest as well as give you are Washington Nationals VS Baltimore Orioles spread picks and prediction, we will also look a little deeper at these two clubs. The Beltway battle between the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles will continue this weekend at Camden yards as the Nationals make the trip north. Entering Thursday, the Baltimore Orioles sit in third place in the American League East with a 9-7 record while the Washington Nationals sit in third place in the National League East with a 6-8 record.
On paper this looks to be a solid matchup with two starting pitchers taking the mound that has previous success in Max Scherzer for the Nationals and Alex Cobb for the Orioles. Each of these starters enter this head to head series with 1-1 overall record to go along with a 2.75 earned run average. Prior to this weekend’s series these two teams faced off back on August 7th and 8th with the Orioles winning both contests.
Here is an MLB preview of the Washington Nationals vs Baltimore Orioles on Sunday August 16th, 2020:
Washington Nationals Hitting – The Nationals lineup finally received a key piece of their lineup back last week when Juan Soto returned from the IR after missing the start of the season due to the COVID-19. Since returning Soto has four home runs, two doubles and nine runs batted in over just his first six games back with the team. In addition to Soto the team has seen production from Trea Turner and Asdrubal Cabrera who both have three home runs each.
Baltimore Orioles – The Orioles enter the weekend matchup as one of the biggest surprises in the American League as they currently sit third in the AL East. Much of their success this season has come from their bats as they rank 2nd in Major League Baseball with a .262 batting average while hitting 25 home runs and 39 doubles to start the season. The Orioles offense has been paced by Renato Nunez who leads the club with five home runs and 13 runs batted in while batting .317 to start the season.
Matchup Advantage – Baltimore Orioles Hitting
Max Scherzer (1-1, 2.75 ERA), Washington Nationals – The Nationals and Schzerer has been up and down this season as the team is just 2-2 in his two starts despite seeing him allowing just six total earned runs. Much of his success has come in his last two outings as he has allowed just two earned runs over 14.1 innings of work after allowing four earned runs in his opening start of the season. In his career, Scherzer has been solid against the Orioles posting a 6-2 record over 13 career starts while pitching to a 2.91 earned run average.
Alex Cobb (1-1, 2.75 ERA), Baltimore Orioles – After a disappointing 2019 season, Cobb has returned to some form this season allowing just two or fewer earned runs in each of his first four starts of the season. In his four starts the Orioles are 3-1 with their only loss coming in a 1-0 loss to the Miami Marlins. This will be Cobb’s second career start against the Nationals after losing his only other start allowing three earned runs over seven innings of work.
Matchup Advantage – Washington Nationals Pitching
CentSports Free MLB Spread Pick & Prediction: Washington Nationals
CentSports Opinion: In the end, it’s hard to look past the Washington Nationals when Max Scherzer is on the mound even if he has struggled at times this season. While we like the production of the Orioles offense this season, they have struggled against solid starters this season and the return of Soto gives the Nationals some fire power in the middle of the lineup.