Chicago White Sox vs Washington Nationals Picks and Predictions May 14th 2024

Chi. White Sox White Sox vs Washington Nationals MLB Tue, May 14, 19:40 pm.
Chi. White Sox White Sox
ML: -105
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Washington Nationals
ML: -115
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Nats and White Sox Aim to Clean Up Their Act in the Upcoming Clash

Lately, both the Washington Nationals and the Chicago White Sox have been kinda sloppy on the field. As they prep for their next showdown, there’s real buzz about them needing to step up their game. Everyone’s watching to see if they can ditch those pesky fielding goofs and baserunning bloopers that have been costing them wins.

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The Price of Slip-Ups: A Recap of Recent Face-offs

Last time out, the Nationals just missed the win, falling 3-2 to the Boston Red Sox, mostly thanks to some glaring fielding flubs and a few questionable calls on the bases. Take the moment Nationals’ center fielder Victor Robles let a routine fly ball slip right through in the second inning—yeah, that blunder pretty much handed the Red Sox their three runs that inning.

Washington’s skipper, Dave Martinez, didn’t hide his annoyance, pointing out how those slip-ups can really flip the script on the game’s outcome. With Jesse Winker sidelined with back spasms, Martinez had no backup for Robles, forcing him to stick with him through more on-field mishaps.

White Sox’s Rollercoaster and Rally

The White Sox have had their share of facepalms, like during their 7-0 crash to the Cleveland Guardians. Missteps from reliever Tim Hill and first baseman Andrew Vaughn in the sixth inning basically sealed the deal for Cleveland. But hey, it’s not all doom and gloom—after a rough start, the White Sox have bounced back, bagging six wins in their last nine games. That’s quite the comeback from their earlier 3-22 slump.

Pedro Grifol, their manager, is all about keeping the team’s eyes on the present, suggesting a one-day-at-a-time strategy to claw back from their rough start.

Players to Watch and Key Matchups

With both teams eager to correct their course, key players are gearing up to make an impact. The Nationals, known for snagging the second-most bases in the league, are sticking to their aggressive base-stealing game plan.

But they’ll have to get past Chicago’s catchers Korey Lee and Martin Maldonado, who are pretty solid behind the plate. Lee, especially, has been on fire, nailing a quarter of runners trying to steal on his watch.

Pitching Lineup

The rained-out game has been rescheduled as a doubleheader, throwing Nationals’ Trevor Williams (4-0, 1.96 ERA) against Chris Flexen (2-3, 4.29 ERA) from the White Sox in the opener. Williams has been a brick wall, not giving up a homer in over 35 innings, which might spell trouble for the White Sox hitters.

Conclusion

As the dust settles and the Nationals and White Sox gear up for their next round, it’s all about cutting out those errors. Both teams are zeroing in on sharper focus and smarter play to flip their fortunes. It’s game time, and nobody wants to be on the blooper reel.

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Tue, May 14, 08:14 am.
spread
moneyline
over/under
Chi. White Sox White Sox
+1.5
-185
-105
O 7.5
-105
Washington Nationals
-1.5
150
-115
U 7.5
-115
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