Baseball Betting Outlook: Sliding Nationals hit the road

No longer sitting near the top of the odds to win the World Series at the sportsbooks, the Washington Nationals will be looking to get some traction this week as they head out on the road for series against the Colorado Rockies and the Cleveland Indians.

Washington came into the season pegged among the favorites on the World Series futures, but they've slipped on those baseball odds after putting together a middling start to the campaign that has seen the Atlanta Braves take the lead in the NL East.

The Nationals begin their road trip on Tuesday night as they start a three-game series against the Rockies. The two teams met seven times last season, with Colorado going 4-3 overall and 2-2 at home in those games. For totals bettors, the UNDER went 4-3 in those seven contests, and the UNDER has gone 6-4 in their 10 most recent meetings.

Washington then has three games on the road at Progressive Field in Cleveland starting on Friday night this week. The Nationals and Indians last met back in 2010, with Cleveland winning two of their three matchups on the MLB betting lines at home.

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper and starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg both enter the week on the 15-day disabled list; Harper has a sore knee, while Strasburg has a lat strain. Strasburg could potentially re-join the Nationals' rotation on Sunday afternoon.

While the Nationals are in Colorado and Cleveland this week the Braves will be looking to pay out on the MLB odds in San Diego before they return home to host the Giants.

Atlanta closes out its west-coast trip in San Diego with a three-games series against the Padres starting on Monday night, with the Braves putting up a 4-3 record against the Padres last season. That stretch went 1-6 on the OVER/UNDER for totals bettors.

The Braves then begin their home series against San Francisco on Friday night, with the Giants taking three of four games against Atlanta at AT&T Park when the teams first met this season back in early May. Overall the Braves are just 4-6 over their 10 most recent games against the Giants, with the OVER 6-1 in their past seven contests.

Other notable MLB betting matchups on tap for early this week include San Francisco at Pittsburgh, Arizona at the Dodgers, Boston at Tampa Bay, Cleveland at Texas, and the Yankees at Oakland, while the Phillies will be on the road in Minnesota in an interleague series that runs from Tuesday through to Thursday.

Philadelphia is then in Colorado this weekend, while Boston is at Baltimore, Texas hosts Toronto, and the Yankees take on the Angels in Anaheim. New York is just 4-5 over its last nine games on the road against the Angels in the last two seasons, while totals bettors on the MLB odds saw the OVER/UNDER go 3-5-1 in those matchups.


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