MLB Betting: Super Surging Nationals To Manhandle Towel Tossin' Diamondbacks

Bryce Harper

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 4:28 PM GMT

Game 1 was certainly not much of a contest, as Washington, behind Strasburg, scored a 14-1 victory against the struggling D’Backs. Our handicapper analyzes today's game.

Washington Nationals (Roark) vs Arizona D’Backs (Ray) 
Playing against super-surging Washington, who currently leads the NL East by 5 games, and is battling Chicago and San Francisco for the best record in the League, will certainly contribute to the Arizona woes. Today’s pitching matchup of Roark against Ray seals the deal, as does the dominant edge that Washington holds in the bullpen.

So much more was expected of Arizona this season after they signed Zach Greinke, as their purported ace. But, Greinke got off to a horrendous start and has recently been on the DL. The D’Backs never got in sync, especially on their home field. Arizona enters the Tuesday game as a bona fide towel-tosser with a recent record of 7-24 and a record on this field of 17-36. For the year, Ray is 5-10 with a 4.70 ERA with his work from this mound being a reflection of the entire Arizona starting staff. For the season, in 10 starts, Ray has a 5.17 ERA from this mound. To his credit, he has authored 21 Ks in his most recent 2 starts. But that was in only 10+ IP, but each of those games resulted in losses.

Last year was a bit of a bust for Washington, who was expected to be a prime contender in the National League. With many of last year’s injured warriors returning to health, the Nationals are fulfilling the anticipated promise. They have been remarkably consistent all season with only a 7-game losing streak in June marring a performance that has seen them win 31 games each at home and on the road. In tonight’scontest against Arizona, they will feature a dominant bullpen edge with a .667 OPS compared to .798 OPS of Arizona. Washington will also have a dominant edge in starting pitching with Roark on the mound. In his most recent outing, Roark worked 7 innings, allowing just 1 run and 4 hits to San Fran. He is 4-1 in his recent 6 starts, having allowed 2 or less runs in 4 of those starts. His history against Arizona is even more impressive. He has not allowed an earned run in 5 appearances, spanning 18 1/3 IP.

The clincher comes with our run line selection. 25 of 31 Washington road wins, as well as 29 of 36 Arizona home losses have come by 2 or more runs. I invite you to put the MLB odds in your favor and join me in my MLB pick on the Washington Nationals run line tonight.

Free MLB Pick: Nationals -1.5 +111
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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