Nationals vs Athletics Predictions & Best Bets | Picking Against the Spread

Last Updated: Aug 31, 2022

In the second game of this double header, the Nationals (43-85) will once again play host to the Athletics (48-81) at Nationals Park in Washington on Wednesday, August 31. As we move through the home stretch of the regular season, each of these teams will of course be searching for a win. Be sure to catch first pitch at 7:05 p.m. ET!

Coming into their next game, the Nationals lost to their opponents. In their most recent meeting on Tuesday, the score was 6-10 in favor of the Nationals. The Nationals had six runs to the Athletics 10 runs. We’ll see what happens when it all goes down at Nationals Park.

Nationals vs Athletics Prediction

The oddmakers believe that the Athletics have better chances of winning this one. Per FanDuel, they are at -116 odds for victory, while Washington are -102. Total runs for this contest is predicted to be 8.5.

The last time these two teams met, the Nationals beat the Athletics on Tuesday, by a 6-10 margin. Led by their top hitter, Yadiel Hernandez, who has a batting average of .269, the team is currently batting .248 so far this season. In terms of defense, the team has put up an ERA of 5.15 and a .982 fielding percentage.

The last time they played, the Athletics lost to the Nationals on Tuesday by a 6-10 margin. Led by their top hitter, Sean Murphy, who has a batting average of .262, the team is currently batting .216 on the season. In terms of defense, the team is sporting an ERA of 4.29 and a .983 fielding percentage. Don’t forget to consult our evaluation of the odds and make your picks based on the teams’ recent performances!

Going into this clash, the Nationals will play without Joseph Ross (Elbow), MacKenzie Gore (Elbow), Stephen Strasburg (Ribs), William Harris (Pectoral), Jackson Tetreault (Shoulder), Steven Cavalli (Shoulder), Tanner Rainey (Elbow), Evan Lee (Flexor), Carter Kieboom (Forearm), Yadiel Hernandez (Left Calf) and Sean Doolittle (Elbow). Then, the Athletics are without Dany Jiménez (Shoulder), Brent Honeywell Jr. (Elbow), Skye Bolt (Knee), Daulton Jefferies (Arm), Zachary Jackson (Shoulder), Paul Blackburn (Finger), Ramón Laureano (Oblique) and Deolis Guerra (Elbow).

Moneyline Pick: Athletics (-116) at FanDuel

The team is considered the favorite according to the betting market. In their previous confrontation against these opponents, the Nationals got the W 6-10.

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Nationals vs Athletics Betting Odds

  • Moneyline: Oakland (-116), Washington (-102) at FanDuel
  • Run Line: Oakland -1.5 (+146), Washington 1.5 (-176) at FanDuel
  • Over/Under: Under 8.5 Runs (-110), Over 8.5 Runs (-110) at FanDuel

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Nationals vs Athletics Betting Trends

  • Win % as favorite: Nationals 0.08%, Athletics 0.07%
  • Win % as underdog: Nationals 0.44%, Athletics 0.5%
  • Win-loss record last 10 games: Washington 4-6, Oakland 6-4

Runline Pick: Athletics -1.5 Runs (+146) at FanDuel

Wager: 1 unit

For our spread pick to win, the Athletics will need to win by the amount of the spread or more in order to cover.

Over/Under Pick: Under 8.5 Total Runs (-110) at FanDuel

Wager: 0.5 units

The Athletics have recorded 3.0 runs per game over their last 10. Meanwhile, the Nationals have averaged 3.0 runs per game in the same stretch.


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