Jordan Zimmermann’s exceptional season will continue at home on Wednesday as his Washington Nationals will take care of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Zimmermann’s overall record – 10-3 with a 2.26 ERA – is excellent but so much of that great work has occurred at home. In D.C., Zimmerman has been astonishing, posting a 7-0 record and a 0.92 ERA. He’s been particularly sharp there lately.
In fact, Zimmermann hasn’t given up an earned run at Nationals Park in his past 25 innings of work. His pitching opposition, Wade Miley, is following up an All Star performance in 2012 with a much drearier campaign this season.
Overall, he’s 4-6 with a 4.70 ERA. Sadly for D-Backs fans, matters are not getting better as the season is progressing. In his past five starts he owns a 5.04 ERA and has given up an alarming seven home runs in 30 1/3 innings pitched during that stretch. The pitching disadvantage will be too much for the Diamondbacks, so pick Washington at 1.65.
It’ll be a hitters’ night when the Cleveland Indians visit the Baltimore Orioles. The first detail to look at in this contest is the potency of offence in this clash. Both clubs rank in the top-third in runs scored per game in the 15-team American League (the Orioles are third; Cleveland is fifth).
Throw in the fact that both starting pitcher are very much not on form, and you’ve got the right ingredients for a big swinging night. Overall, the Indians’ Scott Kazmir has been very unimpressive this season, posting a 4-4 record and a 5.37 ERA. But he has been a downright horror show on the road. He’s a miserable 0-4 with a 6.53 ERA away from Progressive Field. It should also be noted that Orioles hitters have a cumulative lifetime batting average of .349 against Kazmir.
Baltimore’s Jason Hammel has a nice win-loss record (7-4) but his other statistics point to subpar pitching. He possesses a 5.30 ERA and the amount of walks and hits he gives up for every nine innings pitched (1.442) is also weak. Indians hitters have a solid .280 batting average (and an even more impressive .480 slugging percentage) against Hammel. As a result, look for plenty of runs.
Best bet: Scoring total to exceed 9.5 runs, which can be had at 1.91