Oakland Athletics vs Washington Nationals 8-31-22

Oakland Athletics vs Washington Nationals 8/31/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Oakland Athletics vs Washington Nationals 8/31/2022 Picks Predictions Previews


The Oakland Athletics (49-81) will slug it out against the Nationals (43-86) in Game 2 of 3 of the MLB Interleague at Nationals Park in Washington on Wednesday at 7:05 PM ET.


Oakland fell to 5th place at 49-81 in the American League West Division with a .377 team percentage and 34 contests behind first place after collecting 443 runs but wasting 589 for a -146 run difference this year.


The Athletics look for their 4th consecutive win coming to this match-up facing the Nationals on Wednesday after beating the Yankees twice at 3-2 and 4-1 while shutting down the Nationals at 10-6 on Tuesday.


Catcher Sean Murphy led the offense for Oakland with a two-run score on a triple while driving five RBIs in five at-bats in the win.


Meanwhile, starter Cole Irvin allowed 9 hits, 5 earned runs, and a walk but wrung up 6 Washington hitters in the winning effort.


Catcher Sean Murphy is the leading batter for the Athletics with an average of .254 at the plate while adding a team-leading 53 RBIs, 107 hits, and a .334 on-base percentage.


1B Seth Brown reinforced the batting squad of his team after hitting 17 long balls for the season. Righty James Kaprielian (3-8, 4.88 ERA, 73 Ks, 1.42 WHIP) will be starting for Oakland in game 2 versus the Nationals on Wednesday.


Kaprielian relinquished 96 hits, 15 home runs, and 51 free bases after pitching for 103.1 innings in the majors this year.


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Oakland Athletics vs Washington Nationals Predictions 8/31/2022


The Washington Nationals dropped to 5th place at 43-86 in the National League East Division with a team percentage of .333 and 38.5 outings behind first place after gaining 480 runs but giving away 700 for a run difference of -220 throughout the season.


The Nationals bowed to the Athletics at 6-10 on Tuesday after a series loss at home to the Cincinnati Reds over the weekend.


LF Lane Thomas scored two runs on a double with a walk and knocked two RBIs in four at-bats for Washington while starter Erick Fedde lasted for just 2.2 innings of work with 9 hits, 6 earned runs, and one free base yielded but struck out 4 batters in the loss.


Catcher Keibert Ruiz averages .247 at the plate in leading the offense for the Nats while left fielder Lane Thomas contributed a team-high 13 home runs and second baseman Cesar Hernandez led in hits acquired with 120.


Designated hitter Nelson Cruz is leading in hitting 62 RBIs for Washington. The Nationals will counter with righty Anibal Sanchez (0-5, 5.72 ERA, 28 Ks, 1.40 WHIP) to start the second installment of a series against the Athletics on Wednesday.


The right-handed thrower gave up 37 hits, 18 bases on balls, and 11 dingers in 39.1 innings of work in the major league this season.                


Oakland Athletics vs. Washington Nationals. The MLB Pick for this contest is Washington +105.


This will be a battle between two starters where James Kaprielian of the Athletics struggled in his last start after he allowed eight runs on seven hits through 2-2/3 frames that ended up in a 13-4 loss to the Yankees last Thursday. He also gave up 16 earned runs in his last 23 innings of work this season.


Starter Anibal Sanchez of the Nats yielded zero runs on two hits through 4-1/3 innings in his last start that beat Seattle at 3-1. Prediction: Washington will win 7-5.


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Oakland Athletics vs Washington Nationals 8/31/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 7:05 PM ET


Location: Nationals Park in Washington, District of Columbia


Date: Wednesday, August 31, 2022                            




MLB Odds/Point Spread: Washington Nationals +105       


MLB Totals: 8.5


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