Washington Nationals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 9/29/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arizona Diamondbacks (65-92) at Washington Nationals (92-65)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 1:05 pm (Nationals Park)
Robbie Ray (8-14) (4.72) vs. Joe Ross (7-5) (3.56)
The Line: Washington Nationals -157 / Arizona Diamondbacks +147 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSAZ, MASN
Headed our way on Thursday from Nationals Park, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Washington Nationals will be finishing up their series.
The two teams split the first two games, and on Wednesday the game was called off early due to inclement weather with the Diamondbacks leading 3-0 in the sixth.
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Taking the mound for the Diamondbacks on Thursday will be lefty Robbie Ray. In his 31 starts and 8-14 record this year, Ray holds a 4.77 ERA with a 1.46 WHIP in 169.2 innings. Ray put up a loss against Baltimore his last time out, going 3.2 innings with six hits and four earned.
Arizona has some key hitters in their order. Jean Segura has put up 200 hits with 97 runs, 20 homers and 64 RBI. Paul Goldschmidt has managed 169 hits with 103 runs, 23 homers and 93 RBI. Yasmani Tomas has bagged 141 hits with 71 runs, 30 homers and 80 RBI.
Over on the Nationals’ side, we’ll be seeing RHP Joe Ross on Thursday. Over 18 starts and a 7-5 record, Ross holds a 3.48 ERA with a 1.31 WHIP in 101 innings, Ross put up 2.2 innings in a no-decision against Pittsburgh his last time out, allowing five hits and one earned.
Washington has some interesting hitters in their stable as well. Daniel Murphy has bagged 184 hits with 88 runs, 25 homers and 104 RBI. Anthony Rendon has managed 151 hits with 89 runs and 84 RBI. Wilson Ramos (who tore his ACL and is out for the season) holds 148 hits with 58 runs, 22 homers and 80 RBI.
The Diamondbacks are 1-4 in their last five game fours of a series, and 9-19 in Ray’s last 28 starts. Arizona is also 8-18 in Ray’s last 26 starts with four days’ rest, and 5-17 in Ray’s last 22 road starts.
As for the Nationals, they’re 37-18 in their last 55 game fours of a series, and 2-5 in their last seven home games versus a left-handed starter. Washington is also 8-3 in Ross’ last 11 home starts, and 7-3 in Ross’ last 10 starts.
I like Ross in the pitching matchup here, and I think he’ll put the Nats in a position to win and out-duel Ray, who allowed four earned in 3.2 innings his last time out. I’ll take Washington here.