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Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Washington Nationals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/12/14

Washington Nationals (19-17) at Arizona Diamondbacks (14-25)

MLB Baseball: Monday, May 12, 2014 at 9:40 pm (Chase Field)

Jordan Zimmermann (R) (2-1) (2.919) vs. Josh Collmenter (R) (1-2) (3.767)

The Line: Arizona Diamondbacks +105 / Washington Nationals -115 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: MASN 2, FSN-AZ

The Washington Nationals and Arizona Diamondbacks will begin a three-game series on Monday.

The Nationals have lost three of their last four games and are one game above .500, which includes a recent sweep against the Oakland Athletics. The Nationals continue to struggle offensively with Bryce Harper out of the lineup, scoring three or less runs in seven of their last eight games. Anthony Rendon does have 11 hits in his last 10 games, but Ian Desmond has just one RBI in his last 10 games. Getting the start on Monday will be Jordan Zimmermann, who is 2-1 with a 2.92 ERA and has 38 strikeouts in 37 innings. Zimmermann is 2-2 with a 2.70 ERA in four career starts against the Diamondbacks.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Washington Nationals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/12/14

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The Diamondbacks have won seven of their last 10 games but are still 10 games below a .500 record. The main difference behind the Diamondbacks turnaround has been their pitching, a rotation that has allowed three or less runs in three of their last four games. Of course, the Diamondbacks have the worst team ERA in the majors. Offensively, Miguel Montero has three RBI in his last two games and Aaron Hill has eight RBI in his last 10 games. Starting will be Josh Collmenter, who is 1-2 with a 3.44 ERA and has 24 strikeouts in 36.2 innings. Collmenter is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in three career games against the Nationals. 

The Nationals are 5-0 in Zimmermann's last 5 starts as a road favorite and 38-17 in Zimmermann's last 55 starts. The Diamondbacks are 5-1 in Collmenter's last 6 starts as a home underdog and 6-2 in Collmenter's last 8 home starts. The Nationals are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Arizona.

It's not very often you're going to get an opponent against the Diamondbacks at this price. The Nationals are by far the better team in this matchup, and Zimmerman has been money on the road as a favorite. Take Washington at the cheap price to bounce back. 

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Washington Nationals -115

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