Washington at Oakland Saturday MLB Expert Betting Preview & Pick

Posted by Ted Merrick on June 2, 2017 in

The Washington Nationals (33-19) play the second game of their weekend set in Oakland against the Athletics (23-30) on Saturday afternoon. The Nationals ride in on a three-game winning streak (and having win five of six), as they just finished a three-game sweep of the San Francisco Giants. The Athletics dropped Thursday’s game in Cleveland, 8-0, and have dropped five of their last six overall.

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Washington at Oakland Saturday MLB Expert Betting Preview & Pick

When: Saturday, June 3, 2017, 4:05pm ET
Where: O.co Coliseum, Oakland
TV: NSCA, MASN
Radio: Washington / Oakland
Live Stream: MLB.tv
MLB Odds: TBA
Pitching Matchup: Joe Ross (2-1, 6.18 ERA) (WAS) vs Daniel Mengden (0-1, 13.50 ERA) (OAK)

Why should you bet on the Nationals?

Joe Ross gets the start in front of his hometown fans, as he grew up in Oakland. His last start did not go all that well, as he permitted five runs and a dozen hits against the San Diego Padres over four innings. However, the Nationals still probably have the edge as far as the starting pitching matchup goes, as the A’s send out Daniel Mengden, who permitted three home runs among seven hits and five earned runs against the Indians. Expect this to turn into an offensive battle, but Ross has more experience and has the better bats in his dugout.

Why should you put your money on the Athletics?

Daniel Mengden did have a rough time out his last time (and a career record of 2-10), but the A’s have some bats that can deal some damage as well. Khris Davis has already taken Ross deep once in his MLB career, and this is an Oakland team that took two of four at Yankee Stadium against a red-hot New York team last weekend. So while the A’s have the second-worst strikeout rate (24.8%) in all of MLB, they do have some hitters that can get to Ross.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I expect some big run and hit totals from both sides, but I also see Washington using their superior talent to pull out a 9-6 win over the A’s.