Los Angeles Angels (-170, 8, LVH) at Washington Nationals: The Halos send right-hander John Lackey (4-1, 1.73 ERA) to the bump against Washington (30-46) tonight in Our Nation’s Capitol. Lackey has been magnificent as of late, stifling the Mets on just two groundball singles in his last start. Lifetime against the Nats, Lackey has pitched just once, allowing four earned runs in a no-decision.
For Washington, right Jason Bergman (1-5, 5.03) gets the pill, and although his record doesn’t indicate it, he has actually thrown pretty well lately – now if the Nats’ offense could just score him a couple of runs.
This game is a story of teams headed in opposite direction. The Angels are the best road team in MLB (24-12) and have won three straight after completing a sweep against Philadelphia on Sunday. Washington has the NL’s worst record all of a sudden – some things never change – and the second-worst in all of baseball behind the Mariners (26-49).
Let’s keep it simple in this one and take the team with the better roster, the better starting pitcher and the ability to win away from home – something only four other teams in MLB have proven they can do so far as we creep up on the All-Star break. ANGELS -170.