MLB Interleague Play: Kansas City Royals vs. Washington Nationals

by Dirty on June 23, 2010

The Kansas City Royals and the Washington Nationals will both be trying to pick up a win on Wednesday when they battle at Nationals Park in an interleague contest.

The Royals will pin their hopes on the pitching of righthander Brian Bannister in this game. Bannister has a 6-5 record and a 5.70 ERA this season.

Starting this game for the Nationals will be Stephen Strasburg. The righthander has a 1.86 ERA to go along with a 2-0 record this season.

Oddsmakers currently have the Nationals listed as 241-moneyline favorites versus the Royals, while the game’s total is sitting at 7.

Luis Atilano gave up one run over 5 1-3 innings to get the win in the Nationals’ 4-3 victory over the Royals on Tuesday night.

Washington won as -110 home favorites, while the teams played UNDER the 9-run total set by sportsbooks.

Josh Willingham was 3-for-4 with a big fly for the Nationals, as Ryan Zimmerman went 2-for-4 with a run batted in for Washington.

Scott Podsednik knocked in three runs for Kansas City, while Anthony Lerew allowed four runs over 5 1-3 innings to take the loss for the Royals.

Current streak:
Kansas City has lost 5 straight games.
Washington has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Kansas City: 29-43 SU
Washington: 33-39 SU

Kansas City most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 2-8
Before playing St. Louis are 3-7
After playing Washington are 1-6
After a loss are 5-5

Washington most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Baltimore are 3-7
After playing Kansas City are 6-1
After a win are 3-7

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City’s last 5 games when playing Washington
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Kansas City’s last 9 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Kansas City’s last 12 games
Kansas City is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington’s last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington’s last 5 games at home
Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Kansas City
Washington is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Kansas City

Next up:
Kansas City home to St. Louis, Friday, June 25
Washington at Baltimore, Friday, June 25

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