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Washington Nationals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/20/14

Arizona Diamondbacks (53-73) at Washington Nationals (71-53)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)

Trevor Cahill (R) (2-6) (5.399) vs. Tanner Roark (R) (11-7) (3.007)

The Line: Washington Nationals -195 / Arizona Diamondbacks +184 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSAZ, MASN

The Washington Nationals host the Arizona Diamondbacks for game two of a four game series from the nation’s capital.

The Arizona Diamondbacks have been a lost cause since essentially the opening series of the season which could not have gone more poorly.  Complicating matters is a lack of starting pitching, top slugger Paul Goldschmidt sitting on the disabled list, and traded players like Martin Prado, forcing a lot of young players into action.  In last night’s shellacking starter Chase Anderson was tagged with the loss to end a string of solid performances, as Anderson allowed six runs on six hits over just two innings of work.  David Peralta homered in the opening frame off Stephen Strasburg, but it turned out to be a fluky occurrence as the DBacks would fail to score again in the game on just three total hits. 

Washington Nationals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/20/14

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Trevor Cahill makes the start for the Diamondbacks on Wednesday night hoping to continue his return to form.  Cahill’s rollercoaster season seems to be at a peak currently as he enters this matchup with a 2.18 ERA across three starts in August over 20.2 innings of work.   For the season across both starts and a lengthy stint in the bullpen during the middle of the season, Cahill has a WHIP of 1.51 and ERA of 4.68 to go along with a 3-8 record.   The current Nationals roster is batting a career .288 against Cahill over 73 totals at bats, with Asdrubal Cabrera batting .231 over 13 at bats, and Adam LaRoche and Denard Span each batting .364 over 14 lifetime at bats.  Cahill has not faced the Nationals this season.

The Washington Nationals are riding an eight game winning streak after disposing of Arizona on Tuesday night.  Prior to this series, the Nats showed plenty of mettle in battling the Pirates, and the momentum is clearly carrying over as the Nationals took game one against Arizona in extras and left no doubt in game two.  In last night’s 8-1 win, Stephen Strasburg pitched eight innings allowing just one run on three hits and the bats were active as Ian Desmond had three hits and four RBI’s and Asdrubal Cabrera had a hit and three RBI’s.  The Nationals have a six game lead in the NL East and the winning streak could not have come at a better time with the second place Braves in the midst of a five game win streak of their own.

Tanner Roark takes the mound for the home side on Wednesday looking to bolster an already impressive resume since debuting in 2013.  Roark has lasted six or more innings in eight of his last ten starts, although in his latest start against the Pirates Roark labored through 5.2 innings of work while allowing three runs on five hits while walking two batters.  For the season the 27 year old right Roark has a WHIP of 1.10 and ERA of 2.93 to complement an impressive 12-7 record.  Roark has yet to face the Diamondbacks this year and only two active DBacks have seen him before (Aaron Hill and Tuffy Gosewisch).

The Nationals will have to lose a game at some point but until they do it's hard to go against them here in a winnable home game.

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