Washington Nationals vs Arizona Diamondbacks MLB Picks, Odds, Predictions 4/18/21

Washington Nationals vs Arizona Diamondbacks MLB Picks, Odds, Predictions 4/18/21 Photo by Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Diamondbacks (5-10) at Washington Nationals (5-7)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 1:05 pm (Nationals Park)

Madison Bumgarner (0-2) (11.20) vs. Stephen Strasburg (0-1) (6.30)

The Line: Washington Nationals -210 / Arizona Diamondbacks +192 --- Over/Under: 8 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Arizona Diamondbacks and Washington Nationals meet Sunday in MLB action at Nationals Park.

The Arizona Diamondbacks need a win after losing four of their last five games. The Diamondbacks have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Diamondbacks have split their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Tim Locastro leads the Diamondbacks with 14 hits and two RBI while Eduardo Escobar and Ketel Marte have combined for 25 hits and 15 RBI. Madison Bumgarner gets the ball, and he is 0-2 with a 1.120 ERA and 15 strikeouts this season. Bumgarner is 3-5 with a 2.69 ERA and 65 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.

The Washington Nationals look for a win after winning four of their last six games. The Nationals have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last six games. The Nationals have won four of their last seven games when scoring four or more runs. Juan Soto leads the Nationals with 14 hits and eight RBI while Trea Turner and Starlin Castro have combined for 27 hits and 14 RBI. Stephen Strasburg gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 6.30 ERA and 11 strikeouts this season. Strasburg is 5-5 with a 4.74 ERA and 70 strikeouts in his career against the Diamondbacks.

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The Diamondbacks are 7-20 in their last 27 road games and 8-22 in their last 30 during game 4 of a series. The Nationals are 2-5 in their last 7 Sunday games and 1-5 in their last 6 during game 4 of a series. The over is 5-2 in Diamondbacks last 7 overall. The over is 5-2 in Nationals last 7 home games. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Washington and 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.

The Arizona Diamondbacks are in rough form right now and I'm not sure Bumgarner is the pitcher to break them out of this funk. Bumgarner has been a shell of himself the last three or four years, and he's shown no signs this season of turning things around. The Washington Nationals are quietly getting their offense together and it's fair to say Strasburg will get his act together with more consistent reps. Give me the Nets and the RL for max betting value.

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Randy’s Pick Washington Nationals -1.5

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