Diamondbacks vs. Nationals Sunday Pick
The Arizona Diamondbacks are one win away from sweeping the Washington Nationals in D.C. With the two teams set to wrap up their series at 1:35 p.m. ET, will the D-Backs accomplish the feat when Robbie Ray faces Gio Gonzalez in the pitching matchup.
Game Snapshot & Odds
Sunday, April 29, 2018
1:35 p.m. ET, Nationals Park
TV: ARI (FSAZ); WSH (MASN)
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Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbook YouWager currently list the Nationals as a -120 favorite. As of this writing, 60% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Diamondbacks to beat the Nationals on the money line. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.
Diamondbacks' Ray strikes out 11 in just 4 2/3 innings
Robbie Ray fanned 11 but came up short of a win after allowing three runs in 4 2/3 innings Tuesday against the Phillies. Ray threw 107 pitches to get his 14 outs. He walked three and gave up five hits, though just one of them went for extra bases. Ray has allowed at least three hits in all five of his starts to date, which is why he's yet to last longer than six innings. He'll try for better against the Nationals on Sunday in Washington.
Nationals' Gonzalez shaky in start vs. Giants
Gio Gonzalez took the loss in his start on Monday against the Giants by allowing three runs over five innings. Gonzalez didn't have his best command in this one, and while he did strike out four over those five innings, he allowed seven baserunners -- three of them via walk. The 32-year-old southpaw had been outstanding in his previous outings, and he still has quality numbers (3.04 ERA, 29 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings) on the season. He'll look to improve those numbers on Sunday against the Diamondbacks.
MLB Betting Trends
The Diamondbacks are 0-4 in Ray's last four starts against the Nationals and are 13-27 in their last 40 games versus Washington overall.
The Nationals are 1-6 in their last seven games overall and 1-6 in their last seven home games.
The Diamondbacks are one of the better underdog plays on today's slate in my eyes. They're 13-3 in Ray's last 16 road starts and have won 20 of his last 26 outings overall. On the other side, not only are the Nationals struggling, but they're also just 1-5 in Gonzalez's last six home starts and are 1-4 in his last five outings coming off five days of rest.
The Pick: Arizona Diamondbacks +110