Washington Nationals Baseball Betting Preview

Baseball betting experts look at the Washington Nationals and see a team that could be interesting.
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The Washington Nationals were born in 1969 as the Montreal Expos during MLB betting expansion into Montreal.


Outfielders Lastings Milledge and Elijah Dukes, infielder Aaron Boone, catcher Paul Lo Duca and right-handed pitcher Tyler Clippard may help the Nationals be more competitive against the baseball betting line this season. Baseball betting experts look at Milledge as a player that could be a rising star. Washington got Dukes from Tampa Bay and he is expected to bring both power and athleticism to the Nats according to baseball betting experts.

Boone and Lo Duca will also be upgrades at their positions. Washington has an excellent closer in Chad Cordero and a starting rotation that could be very good according to baseball bet experts. Right-handers Shawn Hill and Jason Bergmann will be counted on to have big years according to baseball betting experts. The Nationals also have John Patterson who usually gives them quality starts according to baseball bet stats. Last season, Hill, Patterson and Bergmann missed significant time because of injuries. If those three a healthy then Washington has a strong starting staff according to baseball betting experts. Lannan, Redding and Chico were will compete for the other two spots according to baseball bet experts.

Last season the Nationals had the worst offense in baseball, scoring only 673 runs according to baseball betting stats. They should be better this season, but how much is the question. The starting lineup according to baseball betting experts looks to have Christian Guzman at short, Milledge in center, Ryan Zimmerman at third, Dimitri Young at first, Austin Kearns in right, Willy Mo Pena in left, Ronnie Belliard at second and Lo Duca behind the plate.

The Rotation should have Patterson, Bergmann, Hill, Lannan and Chico with Cordero as the closer. The key for the Nationals according to baseball betting stats will be to stay healthy. They must keep the starting rotation intact because the offense is still not very good according to baseball betting experts. They will be better with Lo Duca and Milledge but they need other players like Pena and Kearns to produce on a full time basis if they are to make an impact versus the baseball betting line.