Daily Bet: Nationals (-135) vs. Rays

Tough to say who’s had a worse week: The Oklahoma City Thunder, the producers of Rock of Ages or me. I haven’t nailed a pick in eight days, flopping with each of my last four selections, this after White Sox right-hander Gavin Floyd tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings last night … after allowing 35 runs in his previous 30 1/3 innings.

Slim pickings today, and while I’d like to take one more shot with the Thunder +3½ at Miami
in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, I’m snakebit in that series so I’m staying on the diamond and playing Washington at a reasonable price. The Nats snapped a four-game slide last night with a 3-2 victory behind a stellar pitching performance from Stephen Strasburg. Tonight, it’s Gio Gonzalez’s turn to tame the light-hitting Rays. Gonzalez is 8-3 with a 2.52 ERA in 13 starts, 10 of which Washington has won—and that’s just part of the story. The lefty has three times as many strikeouts (97) as walks (32), and in 78 2/3 innings he’s yielded just a single home run. Gonzalez has been particularly dominant at home (2.33 ERA, 44 strikeouts, 10 walks) and in night games (6-1, 2.05 ERA vs. 2-2, 3.12 ERA at night). That he’s a southpaw is noteworthy in that the Rays are batting just .220 as a team against lefties, including .174 in their last 10 games.

As for Gonzalez’s counterpart today — rookie lefty Matt Moore — here’s all you need to know: He’s 3-0
with a 2.37 ERA in his last three starts, but on the road this season, he’s 1-2 with a 5.01 ERA, giving up 21 hits (including four HRs) and 15 walks in just 23 1/3 innings.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆

Wednesday’s Result: Cubs (+160) vs. White Sox (Loss) 

Record: 15-17