Arizona Diamondbacks (17-7) vs Washington Nationals (11-14)Date : 04/29/2018
Time : 4:05 PM EDT
Location : Nationals Park
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Arizona Diamondbacks vs Washington Nationals
The Nationals will return home after the blow out victory against the Giants as they will host the Diamondbacks who are seeking their nine straight series win.
Arizona Diamondbacks 's Latest Performance :
The D-Backs got their 3 game winning streak snapped by the Phillies but was able to bounce back in the last game of the series. They now hit the road to play with the Nationals who just came off an offensive explosion meaning their confidence will be off the roof when playing against the D-Backs.
Coming into this series the D-Backs have won 8 straight series looking for their 9th in a row. The Diamondbacks haven’t lost back to back games yet this year. With the 8th series win, they become the team with most series wins to start the season by a National League team since 1977. The D-Backs are 15-1 when they score 4 or more runs this season.
David Peralta is batting .317 with three homers, 14 RBI and 13 runs scored in 20 games he has been consistent all year long look for this trend to continue.
Pitching for the D-Backs will be Robbie Ray. Ray is still looking to regain the dominant form he had for most of 2017. Falling behind hitters has been an issue for him. Ray threw 107 pitches to get his 14 outs. He walked three and gave up five hits, though just one of them went for extra bases. Ray has allowed at least three hits in all five of his starts to date, which is why he’s yet to last longer than six innings.
Washington Nationals's Latest Performance :
The Nationals are coming off an offensive masterpiece in their previous game where they blew out the Giants by 13 runs and are hoping to carry on that performance against the Diamondbacks at home. Before the offensive explosion, the Giants offense was suffering badly as they only were managed to score a total of 8 runs in 4 games.
Matt Adams had 3 homers in the fourth and 6 RBIs, Andrew Stevenson went for 4 for 5 with four RBIs, Trea Turner went 5 for 6 on the afternoon. Everyone had a night to remember and they hope that they will be able to carry this feeling along the road as the season progresses because they the Giants were struggling for so long to produce runs and this performance gave them a fresh start.
15 runs is a new season high for the Nationals as they ended their 4 game skid. Despite the scoring outburst Scherzer still remained to be on top of this game not allowing anyone to get under his skin by striking out 10 making it a total of 57 strikeouts this season leading the major and with only losing one game so far.
This total team effort makes this blowout win for the Nationals so meaningful, Scherzer said it himself as a starting pitcher you want to put up zero and the offense comes in and dominates the opposing team it’s a good feeling to have.
Taking the pitching duties for the second game will be Gio Gonzalez. He voiced his frustration with the seemingly short leash he has had on the mound so far with four of his five starts ending before he has completed six innings. He has yet to throw a pitch past the sixth innings this season but has posted a 3.04 ERA.
How Arizona Diamondbacks & Washington Nationals Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Nationals are 5-2 in their last 7 home games following a road trip of 7 or more days.
Diamondbacks are 8-0 in their last 8 when their opponent scores 5 runs or more in their previous game.
Against The Spread Selection: Arizona Diamondbacks
My reason for the pick :
Although the Nationals put on a show in the last game they played, to be blunt I don’t expect them to come nowhere near the 15 mark anytime soon as they will revert back to old habits and can’t produce runs as the season progresses as the Diamondbacks this should be the game where Robbie shows us why he is still a very important piece to this team after starting out the season with a bang.
D-Backs to take game 2.
Betting trends for Arizona Diamondbacks :
- Diamondbacks are 4-1 in their last 5 overall.
Betting trends for Washington Nationals:
- Nationals are 15-7 in their last 22 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.