Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Washington Nationals Pick-Odds-Prediction - 5/14/14
Washington Nationals (20-18) at Arizona Diamondbacks (15-26)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 3:40 pm (Chase Field)
Doug Fister (R) (0-1) (10.393) vs. Brandon McCarthy (R) (1-6) (5.664)
The Line: Arizona Diamondbacks -110 / Washington Nationals -110 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN, FS-Arizona
The Washington Nationals hope to move a step closer to the NL East lead with a win at Arizona.
Similar to a season ago there have been several times I thought Washington was about to get hot and storm away with the National League East and I was wrong. I'm still wrong as it seems the Nationals just haven't gotten going and that trend continued in a 3-1 defeat at Arizona on Tuesday for their 7th loss in ten games. The work on the mound wasn't to blame as Stephen Strasburg gave up all three runs on on eight hits in seven innings but even that was too much for the offense. The Nats managed seven hits with Ian Desmond knocking in Wilson Ramos with the lone run. Doug Fister makes his second start of 2014 when he squares off with the Diamondbacks. Fister's return from a back injury didn't go as planned when he was charged with five earned runs in 4.1 frames of an 8-0 loss at Oakland.
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If you follow the Diamondbacks you are well aware of their painfully slow start that has put them behind the eight ball as far as challenging for the National League West title is concerned. With a ton of ground to be made up each game is incredibly important and it was a step in the right direction in Wednesday night's win. Bronson Arroyo controlled this game from start to finish with a complete game performance with seven hits and a BB allowed. The Snakes posted eight hits but made them count with Paul Goldschmidt doubling twice and driving in two runs with Miguel Montero knocking in another. The Diamondbacks send Bradon McCarthy to the mound who needs a big rebound from his last outing. McCarthy was blasted for seven runs on nine hits over 3.1 innings of work in a 9-3 loss to the White Sox.
What Fister does is a mystery until he gets some work under his belt so I give the pitching edge to McCarthy by default. The Diamondbacks are playing better and I'm inclined to give them a slight nod...