Bet On the MLB – Arizona Diamondbacks @ Washington Nationals August 18th

My predictions record on the season is now 7-3,  you can see my other baseball picks here. I like the Diamondbacks-Nationals match-up this evening.

Tonight’s chosen match-up: Arizona Diamondbacks (53-71) @ Washington Nationals (69-53)

The Arizona Diamondbacks come in tonight’s contest after losing 3 of 4 in a series at Miami over the weekend. They lost by 1 run in 2 of the 3 losses. Yesterday they were defeated 10-3. Prior to the 10-3 thumping their previous 5 games were decided (wins and losses) by 1 run. The team currently sits in 4th place in the NL West, 16 games behind the leader Dodgers. Their starting pitcher tonight is lefty Vidal Nuno. Nuno has a 2-8 record with a 4.92 era. He has failed to get a win in his last 8 starts. In that span he had 4 losses, 4 no-decisions, and allowed 20 runs on 44 hits. His last victory came on June 27th at home versus the Red Sox. The Washington Nationals are currently the major league’s hottest team as they’ve won their last 6 games. The Nationals are coming off of back to back 3 game series sweeps over the Mets and Pirates. In 4 of those games they only won by 1 run, including all 3 games over the weekend versus the Pirates. The team is currently in first in the NL East, 6 games ahead of the Braves. Their starting pitcher tonight is right-handed Jordan Zimmerman. Zimmerman has an 8-5 record with a 2.92 era and 130 strikeouts. In his last 5 starts he’s recorded 2 wins and 3 no decisions. In 2 of his last 3 starts he shut down the opposing team allowing 0 earned runs.

The Nationals lead the season series with the Diamonbacks 2-1. The Nationals are 37-24 at home this season while the Diamondbacks are 28-32 on the road this season.

Diamonbacks vs Nationals Prediction

The Nationals are on fire right now and that should continue against a Diamondbacks team (and a struggling starting pitcher in Nuno) that’s just playing out the season.

Take the Nationals -240 (

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