Washington Nationals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
The Washington Nationals and the Arizona Diamondbacks meet on Monday for game one of their series in Washington. The Diamondbacks are -130 favorites over the Nationals with an over/under total set at 8.5.
The Washington Nationals are a team that is building for the future and despite where they are in the standings; it’s tough to say they are anything but ahead of schedule. The Nationals are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 36-25 at home this season and while they are 20 games back in the National League East, they should be thrilled with their performance this season. As a team Washington is hitting just .240 led by Michael Morse at .319, Laynce Nix at .249, and Danny Espinosa at .231. As a team the Nationals pitching staff has a combined ERA of 3.69 with the starters at 3.89 and the bullpen at 3.33. For game one against the Diamondbacks Washington starts Ross Detweiler for after he has alternated between starting and working from the bullpen for the better part of the season. For the year Detweiler has allowed 32 hits and 10 earned runs while striking out 23 over 31.1 innings of work.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are in first place in the National League West but if their current play continues, they may be in some trouble. The Diamondbacks have lost five games in a row, they are 5-5 in their last 10 games, and 33-32 on the road this season. As a team Arizona is hitting .247 led by Justin Upton hitting .299, Miguel Montero hitting .268, and Ryan Roberts at .258. As a team the Washington pitching staff has a combined ERA of 4.07 with the starters at 4.22 and the bullpen at 3.75. For game one against the Nats Arizona starts Joe Saunders who has lost his last two decisions. For the season Saunders has allowed 159 hits and 69 earned runs while striking out 86 over 159 innings of work.
Washington is 8-3 in their last 11 home games, 4-0 in their last four game one of a series, and 1-4 in Detweiler’s last five starts. Arizona is 6-0 in their last six games as a favorite, 6-0 in their last six games against a team with a losing record, and 4-1 in Saunders’ last five road starts. Arizona is 1-5 in their last six meetings in Washington.
We should see a lot of offense in this one though both teams are light hitting, these are pitchers who aren’t known for keeping the score down and this one should go over the total.