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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

MLB : Nationals, Indians Clash in Battle of First-Place Teams

Two first-place teams wrap up a two-game set on Wednesday, when the AL Central's Cleveland Indians host the NL East's Washington Nationals.

Stephen Strasburg (13-1 W-L, 2.83 ERA) gets the call for the Nationals after coming off his first loss of the season. Strasburg was knocked around for six runs on seven hits over six innings in a 3-6 home loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Although Strasburg struck out 10, he was taken deep twice. Still, this is the 28-year-old's best season in the majors. He’s faced the Indians twice before, going 1-1 with an ERA of 1.74. He’s 6-0 in seven road starts this season with an ERA of 1.99.

The Indians counter with Carlos Carrasco (7-3 W-L, 2.31 ERA), who tossed six innings of one-hit ball in an 11-4 win over the Kansas City Royals. Carrasco struck out six and walked two. It was the third time this season that he had thrown at least six shutout innings. While Strasburg gets more attention, the 29-year-old Carrasco is also having his best season yet in the big leagues. This will be Carrasco's first time going up against the Nationals. He’s 2-1 in six home starts with a 3.24 ERA.

MLB : Nationals, Indians Clash in Battle of First-Place Teams

MLB Odds: Indians, Nationals Wrap Up First-Place Showdown
The Cleveland Indians and Washington Nationals are both leading their respective divisions (the American League Central and the National League East) heading into their series, which wraps up on Wednesday in Cleveland.

Two pitchers having banner seasons will square off; the Nationals go with Stephen Strasburg, who finally was handed his first loss of the season in his last start. Strasburg has a 13-1 W-L record with an ERA of 2.83, and he’s been lights out on the road, going 6-0 in seven starts with a 1.99 ERA. The Indians will give the ball to Carlos Carrasco, who has a 7-3 W-L record with an ERA of 2.31 and was almost perfect in his last outing.

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