Tigers vs Nationals Prediction - MLB Picks 5/19/23

Washington Nationals (18-26) vs Detroit Tigers (19-22)

Game Info: Friday, May 19, 2023 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)

Jake Irvin (1-1) (4.11) vs Matthew Boyd (2-3) (6.47)

Betting Odds: Washington Nationals -110 / Detroit Tigers -110 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Detroit Tigers will play the Washington Nationals in Game 1 of their series on Friday night at Nationals Park in Washington, DC.

Tigers Preview

The Detroit Tigers are 19-22 this season and they have won two of their last three games. Detroit is coming off of a series split with the Pirates, where they won one game and lost one game. The Detroit pitching staff has a 4.34 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP, and a .239 opponent batting average this season. The Tigers offense has scored 143 runs with a .229 batting average and a .294 on base percentage. Riley Greene is batting .291 with three home runs and 15 RBI’s for the Tigers. The projected starting pitcher for Detroit is Matthew Boyd, who is 2-3 with a 6.47 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP over 32.0 innings pitched this year. 

Nationals Preview

The Washington Nationals are 18-26 this season and they have lost three games in a row. Washington is coming off of a series loss to Miami, where they lost all three games. The Washington pitching staff has a 4.39 ERA, a 1.42 WHIP, and a .264 opponent batting average. The Nationals offense has scored 176 runs with a .259 batting average and a .323 on base percentage this year. Lane Thomas is batting .280 with five home runs and 19 RBI’s for the Nationals. The projected starting pitcher for Washington is Jake Irvin, who is 1-1 with a 4.11 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP over 15.1 innings pitched this season.

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Detroit is 4-1 in their last 5 game one’s of a series and 11-3 in their last 14 interleague games. The over is 4-1-1 in Detroit’s last 6 Friday games. Washington is 16-35 in their last 51 Friday games and 1-4 in their last 5 games. The over is 3-1-1 in Washington’s last 5 games. The over is 11-5 in these two teams last 16 head to head meetings. 


Detroit continues to play much better than they did to start the season and they are third in the AL Central. Washington was just swept in Miami and they are last in the NL East. Washington is starting Jake Irvin, who allowed six earned runs in his last start against the Mets. Detroit is starting Matthew Boyd, who has allowed 14 earned runs over his last 13 innings of work. I like the over in this game. 

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