In: MLB Free Picks1 May 2012
MLB Predictions: Arizona Diamondbacks (+135) vs. Washington Nationals (-145) Over-Under 6.5
I will be the first to start this off and say I’m on the Zimmermann bandwagon. How can you not be? I dont think theres a sports writer in the game right now that isnt interested in the marvel hes started with. That bring said I will keep it as even down the line as much as I can on this match up only because of who they are playing and thats the 12-11 Diamondbacks who is having a fairly good early season themselves keeping only a 4 games behind the power slugging Dodgers in the NL West.
Instead we have Trevor Cahill. He’s 1-2 so far and holding a 3.70 ERA which isnt bad but it isnt very good either going into your fourth game. His OBP is just over .316 and
his WHIP isnt bad at 1.27 but if hes looking to gain a great win this would be the time to step up and rock the Nats in the Nations Capitol.
The man pitching tonight will be Jordan Zimmermann. Hes absolutely nuts so far this season with a ERA of 1.33, and OBP of .200 and a scolding WHIP of .70. YIKES. Him and Steven Strasburg are two young guys that make this team what it is today.
Below is the projected starting line up for the Nationals. Please keep in mind that this is not official. I am doing this just so you can see some of the names in case you missed the off season acquisitions and departures.
Ian Desmond, Stephen Lombardozzi, Danny Espinosa, Adam LaRoche, Xavier Nady, Tyler Moore, Craig Stammen, Chad Tracy, Bryce Harper, Jesus Flores, Rick Ankiel
Jayson Werth – Doubtful, Ryan Zimmerman – Out
Below is the projected starting line up for the Diamondbacks
Willie Bloomquist, Ryan Roberts, Justin Upton, Paul Goldschmidt, Cody Ransom, Gerardo Parra, A.J. Pollock, Henry Blanco, Patrick Corbin,
Craig Breslow, Lyle Overbay, David Hernandez,
Chris Drew – Out, Chris Young – Out
With no crazy good batters I dont see the Diamondbacks jumping on this game with Zimmermann up on the mound. He simple just too good. If they can start off early and confuse him then I say they have a shot but the fact of the matter is that The Nats pitching is just really that good. How else would they be 14-8?
Pick: Washington Nationals -145