The Washington Nationals head to Cleveland for the first of a three game set with the Indians. Gio Gonzalez will start for the Nationals while Justin Masterson gets the nod for the Indians. Get MLB odds at Bovada sportsbook.
The Nats beat the Rockies yesterday 5-4 behind a Ryan Zimmerman hoe run and RBI double in the 5th innings. The Nats have now won two games in a row, and are 15-19 on the road. They turn to Gonzalez tonight who has only one decision in his last six starts, a loss against the Orioles on May 27th. In his last start against the Twins he pitches six innings giving up five hits, two earned runs, however gave up four walks. In his last two road starts against the Braves and the Giants, Gonzalez has given up seven hits and two earned runs. He has started 13 games this season, throwing 77 2/3 innings striking out 74 while walking just 35.
Justin Masterson enters with a 3.68 ERA and 1.21 WHIP to go with his 8-5 record this season. He has struck out 92 batters in 95 1/3 innings, while walking just 37 this season. He has lost three out of his last four decisions. In his last start in Detroit he threw seven innings giving up six hits and four earned runs. His last home start he threw six innings against the Reds giving up four hits and one earned run. Cleveland is 4.5 games behind Detroit for first place in the AL Central.
The Nats will win their third in a row tonight. Gonzalez is a proven ace while Masterson struggles at times at best sports books.