Arizona Diamondbacks at Washington Nationals 8/18/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 8/17/2014
Monday, August 18, 2014
Nationals Park in Washington D.C.
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Monday night, the Arizona Diamondbacks will give the ball to Vidal Nuno (2 – 8, 4.92 ERA) as they square off against the Washington Nationals and Jordan Zimmermann (8 – 5, 2.92 ERA). It will be the 22nd start and 25th appearance for Nuno and the 25th start for Zimmermann.
Vidal Nuno pitched to a no-decision in his last outing and is still searching for his 1st victory as a Diamondback. The last time out, Nuno gave up 2 runs and 6 hits in 5.2 innings. He struck out 6 without issuing a walk. Nuno is 0 – 3 in 7 starts for the Arizona and 1 – 5 in his last 10 starts overall. Last season with the New York Yankees, Nuno went 1 – 2 with a 2.55 ERA in 3 starts and 2 relief appearances.
Nuno didn’t face the Nationals in 2013 and he has only seen two of their hitters before. Nate McLouth is 1 for 1 with a homer and an RBI (but not expected to play) while Asdrubal Cabrera is 0 for 3.
Jordan Zimmermann got the victory in his last start behind one of his better outings of the year. In the win, Zimmermann was charged with a run and 5 hits in 6.1 innings of work. He fanned 4 without issuing a single free pass. The last 10 starts haven’t been that productive for Zimmermann as he is just 3 – 2 in those outings. Last season, Zimmermann was 19 - 9 with a 3.25 ERA in 32 starts.
In 2013, Zimmermann held the Diamondbacks to 2 runs and 3 hits through 7 innings as he got the win in his only start against Arizona. This season he missed getting the decision against Arizona after allowing 5 runs and 10 hits (including a homer) in 5.2 innings.
Arizona Diamondbacks Betting Trends
Arizona Diamondbacks are 55-60-6 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Arizona Diamondbacks is -0.7
Washington Nationals Betting Trends
Washington Nationals are 57-52-10 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Washington Nationals is 0.7
Injuries to Watch
08/02/14 1B Paul Goldschmidt Hand 15-day DL (8/2), out for season
07/23/14 LF Cody Ross Calf 15-day DL (7/22)
06/29/14 SS Chris Owings Shoulder 15-day DL (6/28)
06/17/14 P Bronson Arroyo Elbow 15-day DL (6/16), out for season
06/10/14 3B Eric Chavez Knee 60-day DL (6/9), has retired
06/01/14 CF A.J. Pollock Hand 15-day DL (6/1)
04/18/14 P David Hernandez Elbow 60-day DL (3/27), out for season
03/31/14 P Daniel Hudson Elbow 60-day DL (3/29)
03/27/14 P Matt Reynolds Elbow 60-day DL (3/19)
03/27/14 P Patrick Corbin Elbow 60-day DL (3/19), out for season
08/14/14 RF Jayson Werth Shoulder questionable
08/11/14 RF Steven Souza Shoulder 15-day DL (8/10)
08/07/14 P Taylor Jordan Elbow 60-day DL (8/5)
08/05/14 LF Nate McLouth Shoulder 15-day DL (8/2)
07/25/14 P Matt Purke Elbow 60-day DL (7/25)
07/23/14 LF Ryan Zimmerman Hamstring 15-day DL (7/22)
03/29/14 P Ross Ohlendorf Back 60-day DL (3/26)
03/28/14 P Erik Davis Elbow 60-day DL (2/13)
Josh's Pick: Take Washington
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