Washington Nationals (17-15) at Arizona Diamondbacks (14-16)
|Date & Time||Monday May 11, 2015, 9:40 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Arizona Diamondbacks +115 / Washington Nationals -135 --- Over/Under: 8.5
The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Washington Nationals face off on Monday at Chase Field for game one of their MLB series.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are hanging around the bottom of the standings of the National League West as they try and keep the leaders in sight. The Diamondbacks are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 8-10 at home, and they are six games back in the division standings. As a team the Diamondbacks are hitting .265 with Paul Goldschmidt hitting .345, A.J. Pollack hitting .306, and Ender Inciarte hitting .304. The Diamondbacks pitching staff has an ERA of 3.96 with the starters at 3.73 and the bullpen at 4.37. For game one against the Nationals the Diamondbacks start Josh Collmenter who has allowed 44 hits and 15 earned runs while striking out 21 over 39.2 innings for a 3-3 record and a 3.40 ERA.
The Washington Nationals were one of the early season favorites to make the World Series and after a slow start they are starting to play up to their capabilities. Washington is 7-9 on the road, 8-2 in their last 10 games, and they have won their last four games in a row. As a team the Nationals are hitting .247 with Wilson Ramos hitting .327, Yunel Escobar hitting .311, and Bryce Harper hitting .300. The Nationals pitching staff has an ERA of 3.73 with the starters at 3.60 and the bullpen at 3.21. For game one against the Diamondbacks the Nationals start Max Scherzer who has allowed 35 hits and 10 runs while striking out 49 over 42.2 innings for a 2-3 record and a 2.11 ERA.
Arizona is 17-42 as an underdog, 0-6 against the NL East, and 1-5 in Collmenter’s last six home starts. Washington is 4-0 as a road favorite, 5-1 in their last six road games, and 0-8 in their last eight road games against a team with a losing home record. Washington is 7-3 in their last 10 games in Arizona.
Washington hasn’t been good on the road and Scherzer just hasn’t gotten a ton of help but I like to go against those trends here and take the Nationals.