Major League Baseball: Interleague LAA vs. WSH
Starting Pitchers: LAA- Skaggs (1-2, 3.63 ERA) LHP WSH- Gonzalez (10-5, 2.59 ERA) LHP
Los Angeles Angels (61-58, 28-32 away) at Washington Nationals (70-46, 34-24 home)
August 15, 2017- 7:05 PM ET Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
Surging at just the right time, the Los Angeles Angels will pay a rare visit to D.C to do battle against the short-handed Washington Nationals when both teams square off in an interleague contest that has the following betting lines from our best sportsbooks;
Best Angels Lines: GTBets ML (+107) Spread +1.5
Best Nationals Lines: GTBets ML (-117) Spread -1.5
Over/Under: MyBookie 8.5
Winners of 6 straight, the Angels will seek to keep their hot streak alive when they will play two at Nationals Park starting on Tuesday night versus a Washington team that will be without their mega-superstar in Bryce Harper.
For the Halos, they have moved their record to 61-58 to take control of the second-wildcard spot in the American League by one-half game over the Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals with a host of other teams hot on their heels.
One big reason for the sudden resurgence of the Angels has been do to the return of their MVP in Mike Trout, who on the year is batting .341 with 23 homeruns.
On the Washington side of the ball, they are dealing with another injury to the outfield, however, this time it is a big one with Harper going down with a hyperextended left knee; an injury that he sustained on Saturday and has him on the 10-day DL.
Harper, who is batting .326 with 29 homers joins both Adam Eaton and Jayson Werth as starting outfielders who have landed on the DL this season. 12 different outfielders have been used by the Nationals this season but thanks to their depth, they are running away with the NL East where they are currently 70-46.
And with a 13 ½ game lead in the East, Washington can cruise to an easy division title even with Harper on the shelf.
For the pitching matchup of this brief two-game series, it will be a battle of left-handed hurlers in Tyler Skaggs (1-2, 3.63 ERA) of the Angels versus Gio Gonzalez (10-5, 2.29 ERA) of Washington.
The pressure will be on the Angels here on out to continue to play winning baseball, whereas for the Nats, they will look to await the return of Harper.
For sports betting purposes for our US players, GTBets is favoring WSH (-117 ML) over LAA with an over/under of 8.5 total game runs scored from MyBookie; a number I will play as I will favor the OVER of 8.5 total game runs scored as my best betting pick.