Bet Road Favorites as Nationals Visit Diamondbacks

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 11:55 AM GMT

The Washington Nationals have put together a near perfect record when scoring four or more runs this season, which should be an easy number to reach when taking on the Arizona Diamondbacks Tuesday night.  Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this National League affair at Chase Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 9:40 p.m. ET.
Never out of it 
Washington tallied its 11th come-from-behind victory of the season Monday, as it picked up a 6-5 win over Arizona as -111 road favorites, while going 'over' the betting total for a second consecutive contest. The Nationals are 15-1 when scoring four or more runs this season, while they’ve dropped 17 of 21 games when failing to hit that number. MLB handicappers will find that the club is 3-0 on the road with a total of 8 to 8.5 during the 2014 campaign.

Struggling in the desert 
Arizona entered the series opener with the second-worst home ERA in the Majors at 5.36, which has led directly to its dismal 3-14 record at this ballpark. The Diamondbacks are standing behind closer Addison Reed, who is 11 of 13 in save opportunities, but has compiled a 5.03 ERA in 20 overall appearances. Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is 10-17 as home underdogs of +100 to +125, including an 0-5 mark in that situation this year.

Strasburg
Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (3-2, 3.42 ERA) has led the team to four consecutive wins, including a 3-2 home victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers last time out, as he allowed two runs and seven hits over 7.1 innings of work. The right-hander is 0-1 with a 5.63 ERA in three road efforts, with opposing hitters batting .302 against him. In four lifetime starts versus the Diamondbacks, Strasburg has gone 2-0 with a 2.16 ERA.

Arroyo
Diamondbacks starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo (3-2, 4.89 ERA) has picked up back-to-back wins, including a 3-2 road triumph over the Milwaukee Brewers last time out, as he surrendered just a single run (zero earned) and scattered five hits over 7.1 frames. The right-hander is 0-1 with a 8.36 ERA in three home appearances, with opposing hitters batting .361 against him. In 12 career starts versus the Nationals, Arroyo has compiled a 3-4 record and 4.21 ERA, but is 0-3 with a 5.70 ERA in his last five outings.

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Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Nationals as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve gone 31-12 as road favorites of -125 to -150 since the start of the 2012 season.
 
My Free MLB Pick: Washington Nationals -130