MLB Betting: Tanaka Opens Set vs Nationals

Interleague play delivers a great matchup Tuesday night as the New York Yankees and Washington Nationals begin a three-game series in D.C.

The Yankees are 10-2 in their last 12 and will send Masahiro Tanaka (4-2, 4.66) to the mound on Tuesday. Tanaka is coming off a no decision against the Boston Red Sox in which he allowed four runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings. He’s only faced the Nationals once in his career, and he secured a win by allowing only one run in seven innings. In 14 career interleague starts, Tanaka is 7-6 with a 3.45 ERA.

The Nationals are on a four-game winning streak and have won seven of their last eight. They’ll start Gio Gonzalez (4-2, 2.22) on Tuesday. Gonzalez limited the San Diego Padres to one run over six innings in a no decision in his last start. Washington lost 2-1 as a -130 road favorite in MLB betting at Bovada Sportsbook. Gonzalez has had trouble with the Yankees in his career with a 1-5 record and 6.65 ERA in eight starts.

The Yankees and Nationals haven’t met up since 2015 when Washington took three of four.

Angels, Astros in divisional matchup

Also on the Tuesday schedule, divisional rivals face off when the Los Angeles Angels host the Houston Astros in the second game of a three-game set.

Gerrit Cole (4-1, 1.43) gets the ball for Houston, which entered the series 5-1 in its last six. Cole defeated the Oakland Athletics in his last start, holding them to one run on four hits with nine strikeouts in six innings. He faced the Angels on April 23 and was charged with his only loss of the season, allowing two runs on four hits in seven innings. Houston lost 2-0 as a -200 favorite at Bovada Sportsbook.

The Angels will start rookie Jaime Barria (3-1, 2.45) on Tuesday. He dominated the Colorado Rockies in his last start, pitching five shutout innings with seven strikeouts in the win. Barria and the Angels were a +125 road underdog in the game.

When the Astros and Angels clashed in April, Los Angeles took two of three with both wins coming as the underdog. However, in their last nine games in Los Angeles, the Astros are a solid 6-3.