Arizona Diamondbacks at Washington Nationals 8/20/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 8/19/2014
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Nationals Park in Washington D.C.
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Wednesday night, Trevor Cahill (3 - 8, 4.68) takes the mound for the Arizona Diamondbacks as they face Tanner Roark (12 – 7, 2.93 ERA) and the Washington Nationals. Cahill makes his 11th start and 26th appearance as Roark makes his 25th start.
Trevor Cahill picked up his 2nd straight victory in his last outing. He gave up 2 runs and 6 hits in 6.2 innings as he walked 3 and struck out 3. Cahill’s last few starts have been much better that what he displayed earlier in the season before getting sent to the bullpen and back to the Minors. He is 2 - 2 in 5 outings since returning to the Diamondbacks. In 2013, Cahill compiled a record of 8 – 10 with an ERA of 3.99 in 25 starts and 1 relief appearance.
Last season, Cahill was roughed up in his only start against the Nationals. He allowed 6 runs and 8 hits (including a homer) in 5 innings as he took the loss. Washington is batting .288 against Cahill with 21 hits, 2 homers and 13 RBIs in 73 at-bats.
Tanner Roark struggled in his last start but he managed to come away with the win. In 5.2 innings of work, Roark allowed 3 runs and 5 hits (including a home run) as he walked 2 and struck out 4. It took him 107 pitches to get through the start. Roark has been solid in his last 10 outings though as he is 6 – 3 in that span of time. Last season, Roark went 7 – 1 with a 1.51 ERA in 5 starts and 9 relief appearances during his rookie campaign.
In 2013, Roark didn’t get the decision in his only start against the Diamondbacks despite allowing just a run on 3 hits in 7 innings. The 4 current Diamondbacks that have faced Roark before (Paul Goldschmidt, Tuffy Gosewisch, Aaron Hill and A.J. Pollock) are hitless against Roark.
Arizona Diamondbacks Betting Trends
Arizona Diamondbacks are 56-62-6 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Arizona Diamondbacks is -0.7
Washington Nationals Betting Trends
Washington Nationals are 59-52-11 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Washington Nationals is 0.8
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
08/17/14 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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