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Boston Red Sox vs Washington Nationals 10/2/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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The second installment of a three-game set takes place at the Nationals Park on Saturday night between the Washington Nationals and the Boston Red Sox.  This will be the last series for the regular season.  Boston took the series opener with a 2-run victory.  The victory puts the Red Sox at 90-70 in third place in the AL East Division and just a game behind the Yankees for the AL Wild Card top spot.  The Nationals are tied in fourth-place with the Marlins in the NL East Division at 65-95.   

 

The Boston Red Sox are crawling their way up the playoffs.  Hunter Renfroe and Bobby Dalbec hit back-to-back homers for a four-run sixth inning to beat the Nationals at 4-2 on Friday.  The victory puts the Red Sox within a game against the New York Yankees for the first AL Wild card spot.  The Mariners are breathing down their neck for the spot with just half a game behind while Toronto is 1 game behind.  The Red Sox’s lineup has been consistently ranked top 3 in team batting average of .261 and top 4 with 813 runs scored.  The team’s OBP is top 8 at .328.  Boston’s team ERA improved to 15th at 4.27 but they allowed their opponents to bat at an average of .259 which improved to 26th in MLB.  SS Xander Bogaerts leads the Red Sox with a .295 batting average and .368 OBP.  3B Rafael Devers leads with 35 homers and 108 RBIs.  LF J.D. Martinez leads with 163 hits.  Red Sox manager Alex Cora has not announced a starter for Saturday’s game.    

 

  • The Boston Red Sox are 6-1 SU in its last 7 games against Washington.
  • The Red Sox are 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road against Washington.
  • The total went UNDER in 4 of Boston’s last 5 games on the road.

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Boston Red Sox vs Washington Nationals Predictions 10/2/2021

 

The Washington Nationals look to snap their three-game losing streak.  Before meeting the Red Sox, Washington won one out of three against the Rockies and one out of four against the Reds.  Offensively, the Nationals are batting quite well with a team average of .259 which is top 4 in MLB while their on-base percentage is top 2 at .337.  The team is 15th with 714 runs.  The team ERA struggled this season ranking 24th at 4.79 and BAA is 22nd at .254.  LF Juan Soto is the top performer for the Nationals with a .317 batting average, 29 homers, 94 RBIs, .470 OBP, and 157 hits.  Josiah Gray will start in Saturday’s game.  The rookie right-hander is 2-2 with a 5.85 ERA and 69 strikeouts this year.  Gray will be making his 13th career major league start and his first against Boston.    

 

  • The Washington Nationals are 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home.
  • Washington is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games at home against Miami Boston.
  • The total went OVER in 12 of Washington’s last 18 games against Boston.

Boston Red Sox vs Washington Nationals. The MLB pick for this game goes to the Boston Red Sox.  The Nationals have won back-to-back starts with Gray after not securing a win in his first ten.  In his last three games though, Gray has a total of 10 earned runs on eight walks and 13 hits across 16.2 innings. Boston should be able to take the chance to get baserunners in the early innings.  Taking the game on the road is the Boston Red Sox.  Final Score Prediction is 5-4.  

 

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Boston Red Sox vs Washington Nationals 10/2/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 4:05 PM ET

 

Location: Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.

 

Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021

 

TV: MASN

 

MLB Odds: Boston Red Sox -250

 

MLB Totals: 9.5

 

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