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June 2, 2017

There is one pick today.

Take Washington Nationals (-135) on the ML against Oakland Athletics risking 4.05% to win 3%.
(Strasburg and Triggs must start for wager to have action)

The Washington Nationals travel to Coliseum tonight as they open a three-game series with the Oakland Athletics.

The Nationals have been one of the most explosive and consistent teams in the entire league this season and are one of the favorites to potentially make the World Series this season, and it's really no surprise. Currently, they lead the National League East by 10 games over the Mets and they own the second-most road wins in the NL (17-10). They have also won their last four away from home as part of an 8-2 overall stretch. Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman leads the majors with a .368 batting average while second baseman Daniel Murphy is currently batting .325 and is 6 for 13 in his last three games.

Stephen Strasburg will take the mound for Washington tonight and has been outstanding this season. He is an impressive 6-1 on the year and sports an ultra-respectable 2.94 ERA on the season. The right-hander has delivered three straight quality starts and he started the 2017 campaign with five such performances in succession. In all, eight of his 10 starts this season have been quality. Strasburg most recently faced San Diego last Saturday and refused to a single run while yielding just three hits and one walk. He also struck out 15 batters in just seven innings! For the year, Strasburg has 74 strikeouts in 67.1 innings of work and could be in line for another strong performance tonight considering Oakland leadoff hitters are batting a major league-worst .157, giving them an on-base percentage of .233. Things are unlikely to get any better for them tonight if Strasburg is on his game.

Oakland is 1-4 in their last five games overall and just 3-9 in its last 12 games against the National League. It's only a matter of time before the A's bounce back and get things going, however, we don't believe it will be tonight. The Nationals are the much better team and despite being on the road, this is a decent price to lay with a pitcher of Strasburg's capabilities. Washington picks up the win tonight behind the arm of their 'Ace'.  

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