Washington Nationals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
The Washington Nationals and the Arizona Diamondbacks face off on Tuesday in an East against West battle in the NL. The Nationals are -137 favorites over the Diamondbacks with an over/under run total set at 7.
The Washington Nationals are struggling and with the Braves just mucking around in front of them, they have failed to gain any ground. The Nationals are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 20-15 at home this season, and they are six games back in the national League East. As a team the Nationals are hitting .233, with Anthony Rendon hitting .333, Ian Desmond hitting .280, and Ryan Zimmerman hitting .269. The Nationals opponents are hitting .248 and the Washington pitching staff has an ERA of 3.60 with the starters at 3.67 and the bullpen at 3.47. For game one against the Diamondbacks, the Nationals start Gio Gonzalez who has seven no decisions and a loss in his last eight starts. For the season, Gonzalez has allowed 64 hits and 34 earned runs while striking out 93 over 91.2 innings for a 3-3 record and a 3.34 ERA.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have been hanging in there in the NL west as they lead a division that traditionally comes down to the final few games of the season. The Diamondbacks are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 20-18 on the road this season, and they have a three game lead over the Giants and the Rockies in the National League West. As a team the Diamondbacks are hitting .252, with Gerardo Parra hitting .315, Paul Goldschmidt hitting .306, and Martin Prado hitting .238. The Diamondbacks opponents are hitting .252 with the Arizona pitching staff having an ERA of 3.78. For game one against the Nats, the D-backs start Trevor Cahill who has lost his last four decisions. For the season Cahill has allowed 82 hits and 38 earned runs while striking out 61 over 87.1 innings for a 3-8 record and a 3.92 ERA.
Washington is 4-1 in their last five home games against a team with a winning record, 1-4 in game one of a series, and 1-4 in Gonzalez’s last five starts. Arizona is 4-1 in their last five games overall, 6-2 in their last eight games against the NL East, and 1-4 in Cahill’s last five starts as a road underdog. Arizona is 1-4 in the last five meetings between these two.
Both of these teams have their weak spots and both have strengths as well. But with Bryce Harper out of the lineup for Washington, the Diamondbacks are the better team.
Arizona Diamondback +127 Washington Nationals