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Athletics vs. Nationals Prediction and Odds for Wednesday, August 31 (James Kaprielian Gives Oakland Advantage)

Peter Dewey
Oakland Athletics  James Kaprielian .
Oakland Athletics James Kaprielian . / Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Athletics and Washington Nationals battle for the basement in MLB on Wednesday, and we have a doozy of a pitching matchup. 

The A’s watched starter James Kaprielian get shelled for eight runs in his last start against the New York Yankees, but he has a bounce-back opportunity against one of the league’s worst rosters in Washington. 

Anibal Sanchez (0-5, 5.72 ERA) has pitched better in his last two outings, but why are the Nats trotting out washed-up veterans night in and night out? 

Let’s jump into the odds for this game from WynnBET: 

Athletics vs. Nationals Odds, Run Line and Total

Athletics vs. Nationals Prediction and Pick

I’m not going to overreact to Kaprielian’s last outing, as he had been money for Oakland prior to that, posting 11 straight starts with three or fewer earned runs allowed. 

The right-hander had a 2.88 ERA over that stretch, and I’d much rather back that pitcher against Sanchez, who has gotten rocked in several starts this season. 

Washington and Oakland both have bad bullpens, but I trust Kaprielian a lot more, considering he’s shown flashes in 2022. Sanchez had a 7.20 ERA before back-to-back solid starts, but there’s no way I’m betting on this Nationals team to do anything, especially since they have a run differential worse than minus-200. 

Find Peter Dewey’s full betting record here.