Nationals vs. Diamondbacks - 8/5/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arizona Diamondbacks (51-53) at Washington Nationals (54-50)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)
R De La Rosa (8-5) (4.59) vs. G Gonzalez (8-4) (3.75)
The Line: Washington Nationals -155 / Arizona Diamondbacks +145 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSAZ, MAS2
The Arizona Diamondbacks and Washington Nationals play game three Wednesday.
The Arizona Diamondbacks look to keep rolling after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Diamondbacks have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Diamondbacks have won five of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Paul Goldschmidt leads Arizona with 126 hits and 77 RBI while A.J. Pollock and Ender Inciarte have combined for 73 RBI. The Arizona Diamondbacks have won five of their last eight road games. Rubby De La Rosa gets the nod, and he’s 8-5 with a 4.59 ERA and 110 strikeouts this season. This will be De La Rosa’s second career game against the Nationals.
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The Washington Nationals need a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Nationals have scored 11 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last nine games. The Nationals have lost five of their last six games when scoring three or less runs. Yunel Escobar leads Washington with 115 hits and 33 RBI while Bryce Harper and Ian Desmond have combined for 102 RBI. The Washington Nationals have split their last eight home games. Gio Gonzalez takes the hill, and he’s 8-4 with a 3.75 ERA and 98 strikeouts this season. Gonzalez is 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA and 20 strikeouts in his career against the Diamondbacks.
The Diamondbacks are 6-2 in their last 8 games as an underdog and 4-1 in De La Rosas last 5 starts as a road underdog. The Nationals are 5-2 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series and 36-16 in Gonzalezs last 52 home starts. The Diamondbacks are 2-8 in the last 10 meetings in Washington.
Both teams are starting to find their groove offensively as of late, and we have a pitcher in De La Rosa who has allowed four or more runs in three of his last five games. I like the over in this matchup.