The battle for control of the DMV area continues on Wednesday as the Baltimore Orioles play host to the Washington Nationals looking to take another step forward in clinching the top seed in the American League Playoff picture.
Washington Nationals vs. Baltimore Orioles (-250, 8)
The Orioles entered Tuesday’s series opener as the hottest offense in baseball, leading the league in runs per game (6.1) in their past 35 games.
Getting the start on the mound for the Nationals to cool them off is Patrick Corbin, who has at least a share of the National League lead for losses for the third consecutive season while allowing at least three runs in 14 of his last 21 starts.
For the season, Corbin has a 5.13 ERA and a 5.21 fielding independent with a career-low 6.3 strikeouts per nine innings. He is also allowing 1.6 home runs per nine innings at home and 1.9 while playing on the road.
The Nationals back him up with a bullpen that has a 5.46 ERA since the start of July, the second-lowest mark in that span.
Countering for the Orioles is Grayson Rodriguez, who enters having allowed three earned runs or fewer in 11 straight starts and two earned runs or fewer in 10 of those starts.
During this span, Rodriguez has posted a 2.32 ERA with 0.4 home runs per nine innings allowed. However, for the season, he still owns a 4.49 ERA and 4.05 fielding independent due to a rough start to the season.
Combine the struggles of Corbin with the Nationals’ bullpen going against a hot Orioles’ offense and Rodriguez having his share of rough starts earlier this season, and runs will be plentiful in Charm City on Wednesday.
The Play: Nationals vs. Orioles Over 8