Baseball Betting: Diamondbacks take on top NL East clubs

Holding down the lead in the NL West standings, the Arizona Diamondbacks will get put to the test by clubs from the other side of the country this week as they open up three-game MLB betting series on the road against both the Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves.

The Diamondbacks and Nationals will open up their three-game series in Washington on Tuesday night, with the teams hitting the diamond together for the first time this season. Back in 2012 the D-Backs went only 2-4 in their half-dozen games against the Nationals, with the OVER paying out for totals bettors in four of those contests.

If the pitching matchups stay on track the Nationals will send Gio Gonzalez to the mound at home on Tuesday night to face the Diamondbacks' Trevor Cahill. Gonzalez is 3-3 on the season with a 3.34 ERA, while Cahill is 3-8 with a 3.92 ERA. Cahill left his last start in the first inning after getting hit in the hip with a line drive, but he's expected to be fine to pitch against the Nationals this week.

Washington enters the week hovering around the .500 mark and looking to make up ground on the Braves in the NL East standings, with Atlanta playing host to Arizona in a three-game series on the MLB betting lines at the sportsbooks starting on Friday.

The Braves and Diamondbacks have already met three times this season, with Arizona winning two of three games at home at Chase Field back in the middle of May. Overall the Diamondbacks are just 4-6 over their past 10 games against the Braves, with the OVER/UNDER going 6-3-1 in those 10 contests.

Atlanta has a relatively light schedule this week with only five games on tap – they'll play the Royals in a quick two-game series in Kansas City starting on Tuesday night. The Braves hosted the Royals for two games back in April, splitting those contests on the MLB betting lines with a 6-3 victory and a 1-0 defeat.

The Nationals, meanwhile, will be on the road for a series against the New York Mets this weekend – a team that has managed to give them some trouble so far in 2013. Washington and New York have met five times already this season, with the Mets winning three of those contests. Washington is 6-4 in its past 10 games vs. the Mets.

Elsewhere around the Senior Circuit early this week it's the Cubs at Milwaukee, Philadelphia at San Diego, and San Francisco at the Dodgers – with the Giants currently riding a five-game winning streak against their division rivals from Los Angeles.

San Francisco will then be on the road in Colorado to take on the Rockies on the weekend, with the Dodgers getting a visit from the Phillies, and Cincinnati and St. Louis playing road interleague series against the Texas Rangers and the Oakland Athletics. The Pirates, also in contention in the NL Central, will host the Brewers.


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