Washington Nationals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/21/14
Arizona Diamondbacks (53-74) at Washington Nationals (72-53)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 4:05 pm (Nationals Park)
Wade Miley (L) (7-9) (4.463) vs. Gio Gonzalez (L) (6-9) (4.062)
The Line: Washington Nationals -184 / Arizona Diamondbacks +174 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSAZ, MASN
The Washington Nationals and Arizona Diamondbacks close out their four game set with a late afternoon game in Washington D.C.
The Arizona Diamondbacks certainly haven’t thrown in the towel on competing this season, but in most spots they’re simply undermanned as a roster of inexperienced players takes the field on a nightly basis after a series of injuries and trades. In last night’s 3-2 loss, the Diamondbacks rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the 8th inning on a two run homer by Ender Inciarte, but they couldn’t complete the effort as Evan Marshall was tagged with the loss. The Dbacks have some promising talent on the roster as players like David Peralta will soon become complementary players to foundational talent like Paul Goldschmidt, but right now it’s essentially an exhibition effort to close out the year.
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Wade Miley takes the mound on Thursday afternoon looking to stay positive during a season that’s tested the young lefty’s composure following strong campaigns in 2012 and 2013. Miley enters this matchup with a WHIP of 1.29 and ERA of 4.46 while posting a record of 7-9 across 26 starts. In his last outing, the 27 year old lefty Miley was effective while pitching seven innings and allowing two runs on four hits while striking out nine, but his team failed to back him in a 2-1 loss at Miami. Miley has been his best on the road this season with an ERA of of 2.86 over 13 starts; he has yet to face the Nationals this season, but Anthony Rendon is 5 for 6 lifetime against Miley with a double.
The Washington Nationals are taking control of their own destiny as their nine game winning streak gives them a cushion of seven games in what was previously thought to be a competitive NL East race with the Braves. The Nationals are excelling both on the mound and at the plate as the pitching staff ranks second in the majors in team ERA and the offense ranks 11th in runs scored. In last night’s game, the Nationals took an early lead as Wilson Ramos and Jayson Werth delivered RBI’s, but they were forced again prove their toughness as Anthony Rendon delivered a walkoff hit in the bottom of the ninth to keep the magic alive for the home side.
Gio Gonzalez takes the mound as the Nationals go for the sweep on Thursday afternoon. This hasn’t been Gio’s best year by any stretch as he enters this game with a WHIP of 1.33 and ERA of 4.06 while posting a record of just 6-9. Despite his struggles Gio has shown flashes of being a top of the rotation pitcher despite lacking consistency overall and walking too many batters. Gonzalez is actually worse at home this season with an ERA of 4.67 over ten starts; he has not faced the Diamondbacks this season.
It's usually best to continue riding a streak until it expires but as it approaches double digits it becomes much harder to sustain. I'll take a shot on the big odds with the visitor.