MLB Runline & Game Preview on Washington at Arizona
You always hear people talk about how good a team looks on paper, and how they should dominate everyone in their path. The problem with sports is that games are played out on the field, and that is where injuries and other obstacles can derail the best of teams. The Washington Nationals are finding that out the hard way, and will need to try and get back on track when they welcome in the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night as part of a 4-game MLB betting series.
Closer Look at the MLB Runline & Game Preview on Washington at Arizona & TV Info
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 4th, 7:05 PM
Venue: Nationals Park, Washington, DC
Radio: 106.7 The Fan
Opening Line: Washington -183
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) August 3, 2015
The Nationals (54-49) came into the weekend holding a 3 game lead in the NL East, but they saw that wiped out when they were swept by the New York Mets. It was the same old story for the Nationals, as they failed to create any sort of offense against their division rival. Only managing a total of 5 runs over a 3-game series is not likely to get you the sort of results that you want. In fairness to Washington, they have some injuries to contend with, and until those are all sorted out, they are going to have to hope that their pitching can bail them out and keep them in the playoff picture. The man charged with doing that on Tuesday night is Max Scherzer (11-8, 2.22 ERA). He has been outstanding all season long, but has suffered from a lack of run support in his last few starts.
The Diamondbacks (50-53) were pretty solid last week, although things did end on a bit of a sour note for them. The D-Backs were riding a 6-game win streak before running into the Houston Astros over the weekend. They took the first game in that series, but Houston were able to win the next two. This has been the story of the season for Arizona, who have spent most of the year flirting with .500, but never quite getting over it. There is reason to believe they can do well in this series, though, as they have been getting good pitching of late, whilst also getting some solid input from their offense. Patrick Corbin (2-3, 3.21 ERA) will get the start for the Diamondbacks. Corbin had given up just 10 earned runs in his 5 starts this season, but hasn’t had much in the way of run support.
- Chase Anderson P 15-Day DL
- Archie Bradley P 15-Day DL
- Randall Delgado P 15-Day DL
- Tuffy Gosewisch C 60-Day DL
- Phil Gosselin 3B 60-Day DL
- Gerald Laird C 60-Day DL
- David Carpenter P 15-Day DL
- Reed Johnson OF 60-Day DL
- Nate McLouth OF 60-Day DL
- Denard Span OF 15-Day DL
- Craig Stammen P 60-Day DL
- Stephen Strasburg P 15-Day DL
This has all the makings of a low scoring affair, which I think sends things in the favor of the Diamondbacks. If they can get a couple of runs home in this one, it might well be enough for them to get the win.