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MLB Betting Preview: Oakland Athletics vs. Washington Nationals

August 13, 2023

The finale between the Oakland Athletics and Washington Nationals is coming up soon in game three in the District of Columbia. Can the Nationals complete the sweep, or will the A’s make things competitive?

  • Date: Game 3 on August 13, 2023 at 1:35 PM ET

  • Location: Nationals Park in Washington, District of Columbia

Oakland Athletics Betting Preview

The A’s have gone 1-4 over their most recent five games, including their two straight losses against ten Nationals. They came close in game two, with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth to seal the deal for the Nationals. Ken Waldichuk is expected on the mound for game three and is 2-7 this year.

Their batting average is around .222 and their opponent’s average is hovering .268. They are not doing well at the plate and allowing their opponents to excel.

Their stats offer an insight to their issues this year. Their earned run average is nearing 5.80 and their on base percentage has moved close to .300. They also have a slugging percentage coming around .360, which is not anywhere close to the league average.

The A’s have not been anywhere close to making the payoffs all season. They are nearly 37 games behind the leading Texas Rangers in the AL West.

Washington Nationals Betting Preview

The Nationals have gone 3-2 in their previous five matchups, including a strong win against the Philadelphia Phillies in their last series. This shows they can handle good teams and should be able to finish the sweep against a weaker team. Trevor Williams gets the start on the mound but is 5-7 this season.

Their stats are somewhat better than the A’s in a few spots. Their batting average is around .258 and their opponents average is hovering .269. This ratio is slightly negative and it could allow the A’s to hang around.

Their earned run average is nearing 4.89 and their on base percentage has moved close to .318. They also have a slugging percentage coming around .400, which is much better than the A’s..

The Nationals are last in the NL East by about 24 games behind the Atlanta Braves. With no chance at the playoffs, they still have an opportunity to stack wins against weaker teams.

Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

The following odds from MyBookie show that the Washington Nationals are slightly favored to win game three. The market is estimating that the Nationals have a 68.9 percent chance to be victorious.

  • Oakland Athletics: +114

  • Washington Nationals: -135

  • *odds are subject to changes

The A’s are terrible on the road, while the Nationals are about 10 games below .500 at home. Look for the Nationals to succeed with good offense.

Final Pick: Take the Washington Nationals to Win at -135