Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Washington Nationals
The Arizona Diamondbacks look for their 10th win in their last 12 games as they host the Washington Nationals for game two of their series in the desert. The Diamondbacks are -140 favorites over the Nationals with the over/under run total set at 9.5.
The Arizona Diamondbacks continue to be one of baseball’s hottest teams as they are streaking up the standings and are in second place in the NL West by just half of a game. On Saturday Chris Young hit a solo home run, Ryan Roberts had two hits and scored a run, and Stephen Drew drove in three runs in the winning effort. Josh Collmenter continued his strong performances on the mound as he allowed three hits and no runs while striking out five over seven innings of work to get his fourth win of the season. For Saturday’s game Arizona starts Joe Saunders who has won his last two starts. For the season Saunders has allowed 72 hits and 35 earned runs while striking out 37 in 66 innings of work.
The Washington Nationals are in last place in the National League East and they didn’t show anything to make us believe they were better than that on Friday Night. Ian Desmond, Lance Nix, and Ivan Rodriguez all had hits but that was the entire offensive output for the Nats. Yunesky Maya allowed six hits and four earned runs while striking out four to take his first loss of the year. For Saturday’s game Washington starts Livan Hernandez who hasn’t won since April. For the season Hernandez has allowed 83 hits and 33 earned runs while striking out 44 in 76.2 innings of work.
Arizona is 9-2 in their last 11 home games, 8-1 in their last nine against a team with a losing record, and 6-2 in Saunders’ last eight home starts. Washington is 2-6 in their last eight game three of a series, 8-2 in their last 10 home games against a right handed starter, and 0-6 in Hernandez’s last six starts. Washington is 8-4 in the last 12 meetings of these two.
I’m not expecting to see a ton of scoring here and it looks to be a solid under. Take the under 9.5 in this ballgame.