Diamondbacks vs. Nationals - 8/2/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Nationals (62-44) at Arizona Diamondbacks (43-63)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 9:40 pm (Chase Field)
T Roark (10-6) (2.96) vs. Robbie Ray (5-10) (4.62)
The Line: Arizona Diamondbacks +138 / Washington Nationals -148 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
The Washington Nationals and Arizona Diamondbacks play game two of their series Tuesday.
The Washington Nationals look for consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Nationals have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Washington Nationals offense has picked up recently, and they’ve won five of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. Daniel Murphy leads Washington with 134 hits, Wilson Ramos has 56 RBI and Anthony Rendon has 13 home runs. Tanner Roark gets the nod, and he’s 10-6 with a 2.96 ERA and 113 strikeouts this season. Roark is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and nine strikeouts in his career against the Diamondbacks.
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The Arizona Diamondbacks could use a win after losing 10 of their last 13 games. The Diamondbacks have allowed 30 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in 12 of their last 14 games. The Arizona Diamondbacks have an ERA of 4.93 and have lost six straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Jean Segura leads Arizona with 130 hits, Paul Goldschmidt has 69 RBI and Jake Lamb has 21 home runs. Robbie Ray takes the hill, and he’s 5-10 with a 4.70 ERA and 143 strikeouts this season. This will be Ray’s first career game against the Nationals.
The Nationals are 6-0 in their last 6 during game 2 of a series and 5-1 in Roarks last 6 starts. The Diamondbacks are 9-4 in their last 13 vs. National League East and 1-6 in Rays last 7 starts. The Nationals are 9-4 in the last 13 meetings in Arizona.
The Diamondbacks pitching staff is a donright joke, allowing crooked numbers in pretty much every game since the All Star break and that team ERA is quickly approaching five. Uh, Nationals have to be the pick here. Nobody can back Arizona with any confidence right now.