MLB Picks: Padres vs. Zimmerman & Nationals

Joe Freda

Saturday, July 6, 2013 11:46 AM GMT

The San Diego Padres logged a seventh straight loss on their present road trip with Friday’s 8-5 defeat as 139 dogs to the Washington Nationals.

Saturday’s MLB betting has the set resuming with Washington’s Jordan Zimmermann (12-3, 2.46 ERA) facing San Diego’s Jason Marquis (9-4, 3.74 ERA).

Nats, Ramos outslug Padres 

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos drove in three runs as part of Friday’s win, capped off with scoring mate Adam LaRoche for an early 6-2 lead. Washington’s Jayson Werth notched a 3-for-4 night, while leadoff man Denard Span poked a two-run double. 

San Diego’s Carlos Quentin and Chase Headley both homered, uniting for all five of their squad’s RBIs. Padres outfielder Chris Denorfia poked two of his side’s four doubles, while mate Everth Cabrera was held to an 0-for-5 night. 

Nationals relievers Tyler Clippard and Rafael Soriano logged a hold and save, respectively, allowing no hits over the final two innings. Padres first baseman Jesus Guzman logged the contest’s sole error, while the scoreboard’s combined 13 runs soared OVER the ‘total’ of eight. 

Zimmermann goes six for win 

Zimmermann notched a third straight win in Monday’s 10-5 triumph for Washington as 186 home ‘chalk’ over the Milwaukee Brewers. The 27-year-old allowed four runs over six frames, surrendering two homers as part of nine hits. 

Zimmermann helped his own cause with a 3-for-3 night at the plate, including one of his side’s six doubles. Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper cracked his 13th long ball of the year, while he and his mates edged the Brewers in hits, 13-11.

Marquis misses in Miami 

Marquis fell as a 134 road dog on the same night, with San Diego losing to the Miami Marlins, 4-0. The 14-year veteran allowed no earned runs in 6 1/3 frames, while giving up five hits and seven walks.

San Diego’s Logan Forsythe and Chris Denorfia were held to a combined 0-for-7 from the lineup’s top two spots. Padres shortstop Pedro Ciriaco logged an error at the start of the sixth frame, leading to all four of Miami’s runs being unearned.

Back the UNDER in Washington 

Bet365 opened Zimmermann as a 215 MLB odds favorite, with early action on San Diego dropping the MLB odds to 210. The ‘total’ was first set at 7 ½, followed by initial OVER wagers lifting the number to eight. 

I am backing the UNDER in this duel, going against the contest’s early ‘steam.’ The octane from Friday’s opener should calm back down here, with the UNDER collecting at 8-3-1 in Washington’s last 12 games that followed a spot of scoring five or more runs.

Zimmermann has held foes to a 0.89 WHIP and .234 OBP over his 10 home starts, with the UNDER cashing at a 7-2-1 clip. May’s action saw the hurler hold the Padres’ lineup to one earned run in eight innings, with the Nationals dropping a 2-1 duel in San Diego.

Marquis has allowed three earned runs or less in 11 of his last 13 outings, while facing a Nationals squad that has seen the UNDER cash at 9-2-2 in its last 13 games that followed a victory. San Diego has hit just .235 against right-handed pitching on the road, while held to 1.7 RPG in their present losing streak. 

Umpire Bruce Dreckman is slated behind home plate, with the UNDER going 5-3 in the Iowa native’s last eight called matchups. Look for UNDER backers to collect again here in this daytime duel. 

MLB Pick: UNDER 8 at Bet365

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