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MLB Prediction:  DBacks vs Nationals

Major League Baseball betting sees the Arizona Diamondbacks taking on the Washington Nationals  on Wednesday August 5th at Nationals Park in Washington, District of Columbia. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all MLB season long so stay tuned for more FREE MLB baseball predictions.

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Arizona Diamondbacks (51-53) at Washington Nationals (54-50)
Date: Wednesday August 5th
Time: 7:05 PM
Venue: Nationals Park-Washington, District of Columbia
MLB Betting Lines: Arizona Diamondbacks +144, Washington Nationals -154
MLB Betting Total: 7.5/strong>
Probable Pitchers:   Diamondbacks RH Rubby De La Rosa (8-5, 4.59 ERA) vs.Nationals LH Gio Gonzalez (8-4, 3.75)
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Welcoming in the Arizona Diamondbacks for a 4 game series has been just what the Washington Nationals have needed thus far. Prior to Tuesday’s contest, Washington had dropped 4 straight. They’ve put an end to that skid and will look to make it 2 straight on Wednesday. Washington got a 2 run single from Wilson Ramos to push the Nationals success against Arizona to 17 wins out of their last 23 tries.

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Washington has even better numbers against Arizona inside Nationals Park as they’ve won 9 of 11 there.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Arizona has been flirting with the .500 mark all season long. Sitting 8.5 back of the division lead and 7 games out of a Wild Card spot, it’s pretty much now or never if they hope to make any kind of late season run. While the deficit isn’t insurmountable, they certainly need a little luck and some solid play to start coming in.

Arizona didn’t have any of that in Tuesday’s game as a bloop single in the 8th inning put the wraps on their attempt to make it 2 straight over Washington.

They’ll try to earn a guaranteed series split was they send RH Rubby De La Rosa to the mound.

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Rubby De La Rosa has pitched much better as of late and has pushed his season record to 8-5. He comes in off a no decision outing that saw him go 6 innings, allowing 4 runs on 8 hits against Houston.

Expect Paul Goldschmidt to break out of his current 0 for 15 slump on Wednesday as he has had great success against Nationals’ starter Gio Gonzalez. Goldschmidt is 4 for 6 in his career.

Washington Nationals

The Nationals know they’re in for a fight the rest of the way with the New York Mets as the teams continue to bounce back and forth between the top 2 spots. The Mets hold a 1 game lead currently as the Nationals finally put the breaks on their losing streak Tuesday night.

Wednesday’s starter, Gio Gonzalez, has been trying to find his control over his past few starts. Gonzalez has allowed 10 walks in his last 4 starts.

However, that hasn’t phased the RH as he’s 4-0 over his last 6 starts. While he hasn’t made it deep into games, he’s given his team a chance to win every time out.

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OF Bryce Harper will look to push his hitting streak against the Diamondbacks to 10 games on Wednesday night. Harper is hitting .327 over his last 13 contests.

The Nationals success at home this season has been the main reasoning for them being just 1.0 game out of first place. They come in 28-20 S.U. and are allowing the opposition to score only 3.40 runs per game.

MLB Betting Trends:

  • Diamondbacks are 3-7 in their last 10 games vs. a left-handed starter.
  • Diamondbacks are 5-2 in their last 7 games as a road underdog.
  • Diamondbacks are 10-4 in De La Rosas last 14 starts with the total set at 7.0-8.5.
  • Nationals are 2-6 in their last 8 vs. a team with a losing record.
  • Nationals are 9-4 in Gonzalezs last 13 starts with the total set at 7.0-8.5..

4* MLB Betting Prediction: Diamondbacks ML

Rubby De La Rosa is pitching well as of late and laying that kind of price on the Nationals with the sub par control of Gio Gonzalez right now is tough to do.

MLB Baseball Score Prediction: Arizona 6- Washington 4

Arizona gets to Gonzalez early and grabs a road win in game 3 of this series.

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By Tony M

Tony is new to Cappers Picks and has been betting on sports since the first day he turned 18. He is a 22 year old Cleveland native who lives and breathes Indians baseball. His dream is to be part of a championship celebration at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario.