Baseball Gambling Preview: Nationals at Tigers 6/16

For any baseball gambling fan that thought the Washington Nationals (31-34) were going to be lousy again this year, the 2010 MLB gambling competition has been a pleasant surprise.

The Nats have been generally the worst team in baseball for the past five years and there was little reason heading into the baseball gambling action this year to think that was going to change any time soon.         

The big news of course is the stellar play of rookie phenom Stephen Strasburg (2-0, 22 Ks) and the recent drafting of another young phemon in the making.  But these two #1 draft picks have had little impact on the team’s baseball gambling success so far.  Strasburg has pitched in just two games (both of them MLB gambling victories) and so has had little chance to write the ship in DC, but paired with the rest of the Nats starting rotation this group could actually be in the hung come September.

But this team has a tough task ahead in the MLB odds competition as they take on a very strong Detroit Tigers team in Detroit on June 16th.

The Tigers are one of the most talented teams in baseball betting and have won four games in row.  In addition the Tigers are very good home team with a record of 21-10.  In contrast, Nats are an awful road team with a crummy record of 13-22 away from the Nation’s capital.

And as if that wasn’t bad enough, the Nats will be squaring off against Detroit’s Ace, Justin Verlander on Wednesday night.  Verlander is 7-4 this MLB betting season with an ERA of 3.56.  The Nats will also have their best starter on the mound in Livan Hernandez (5-3, 2.28).  Truth be told the aging Hernandez is having a pretty terrific year.

But the Nats will not win this baseball betting matchup even if Hernandez brings his best stuff as the Tigers lineup is a veritable Murderer’s Row led by Miguel Cabrerra who’s been beating the hide off the ball this season (19 HRs, .220 BA, 56 RBIs).

Tiger win this baseball gambling matchup at home.