Joe D'Amico's MLB NL Game of the Month
Washington vs. San Diego,
05/18/2013 20:40 EDT,
Score: 1 - 2
Money Line: -125 Washington
Today's winner is Washington over San Diego. This is my MLB NL Game of the Month.
Washington took both Games 1 and 2 in this series to boast an 8-2 record in the L10 vs. San Diego. Actually, the Nationals own a better road record at 11-10 then does the Padres home mark of 10-10. Adam LaRoche has been on-fire, with four HRs the L3 contests. The 1B owns a career BA of .331, with 10 Homers, and 28 RBIs at Petco Park. Washington's lineup has come alive scoring 18 runs in their three victories in this current road trip. Harper, Span, LaRoche, and Zimmerman are driving in runs while their pitching staff ranks 2nd in Base Ball with a Team ERA of 3.24, as Jordan Zimmermann is leading the staff with both an ERA of 1.69 and earning 7 wins. The RH is 7-1 with a 1.69 mark, winning four straight starts, while boasting a 0.95 ERA, with 24 Ks, and yielding just 5 BBs in those four. He goes up against a slumping Padres team, losing 5 of their L7. Their offense is lacking a .300 hitter, doesn't possess a single player that has crossed the plate 20 times, with their best power hitter leading the squad with only 5 round-trippers. Eric Stults is making his first start against the Nats here and in Petco, where his three starts resulted in a 5.87 ERA. The Padres rank in the bottom third in almost every offensive and defensive categories. The Nationals are 7-1 their L8 games played at the Padres, 40-19 their L59 games played as a road favorite, and 21-6 in Zimmermann's L27 starts. Take Washington. Thank you.