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Washington Nationals vs Baltimore Orioles

Baseball fans in the Beltway region are getting ready for a weekend of great baseball games, as the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals fight for the DMV bragging rights in a three game series at Camden Yards this weekend. The series begins on Friday, with the Orioles sending Chris Tillman to the mound, while the Nationals send Gio Gonzalez.

Pitcher vs Pitcher Analysis.

Chris Tillman is 6-7 with a 5.57 ERA, which is a big drop off from the past two seasons, in which he had 29 combined wins. He struggled with his accuracy earlier in the season, which led to a 2-7 start, with one no decision. Since then, he has looked like his old self, and has won four of his last six starts, with two no decisions. During that stretch, the team is 5-1, and they are hoping he will continue his strong play, and help them get back on top of the AL East.

Gio Gonzalez is 6-4 with a 4.16 ERA for the year, and he has been a big part of the Nationals success this season. He won his last two starts, allowing only one run, and he is hoping to win his third straight start, and help his team increase their lead in the NL East. 

Team vs Team Analysis.

Baltimore has been one of the best teams in baseball over the past few season, but are off to a slow start this season due to injuries and inconsistent pitching. Now that they have 2nd baseman Jonathon Schoop returning from injury, they will get another big bat to help bail their pitching staff out when they get in trouble. So far this season, the Orioles are 7th in runs scored, and also have the 10th best batting average, so their offense is doing their job. Their pitching staff on the other hand has been pretty average and inconsistent, which is why they are in second place in their division. 

The Orioles have had a rough stretch lately, and are just coming off a three game sweep at the hands of the Minnesota Twins, which means they have lost five of their last six games, which were all on the road, and will be happy to be playing in front of their fans during this series.

The Nationals are sitting on top of the NL East right now, and don’t have much to complain about, thanks to their pitching rotation, which is one of the best in baseball. Their pitching staff has a collective 3.58 ERA, which is 10th in the league, as well as 48 quality starts, which is also 10th in the league. Offensively, they are getting the job done, thanks to Bryce Harper, who is having an MVP award winning type of season. He currently leads the team in several offensive categories, like home runs, batting average, and RBIs. If Harper can keep the offensive onslaught going, and the pitching staff remains consistent, they will be a major factor when the playoffs come around.

My Pick: The Orioles have won three straight home games when Tillman is pitching, and I expect them to make it four in a row, with a win on Friday night.