15* Nationals/Red Sox Interleague No-Brainer on Washington -103

15* Nationals/Red Sox Interleague No-Brainer on Washington -103

Washington vs. Boston, 06/08/2012 19:10 EDT, Score: 7 - 4

Money Line: -103 Washington

Sportsbook: 5Dimes

Result: Win

Rarely will you ever get Washington starter Stephen Strasburg at this kind of price. I'll take full advantage and back the Nationals to beat the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of this interleague series tonight.

Strasburg is one of the best starters in the big league, and Boston has never faced him, putting them at a huge disadvantage. Strasburg is 6-1 with a 2.35 ERA and 1.046 WHIP through 11 starts this season. He has a whopping 79 strikeouts in 65 innings.

Not only do the Nationals have a huge edge on the mound tonight, I also believe they simply have the better team. Washington leads the NL East with a 32-23 record, while Boston is just 29-28 on the season and in last place in the AL East in Bobby Valentine's first year on the job.

The Nationals are 10-2 in Strasburg's last 12 starts overall, and 8-1 in this last 9 road starts. That includes a 6-0 record in Strasburg's last 6 road starts with a total set of 7.0-8.5. Washington is 6-1 in their last 7 interleague games vs. a left-handed starter. Boston is 7-17 in their last 24 home games vs. a right-handed starter. Take the Nationals Friday.

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