Washington Nationals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Matchup

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The Washington Nationals will be facing off against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. This NL showdown will be televised nationally on Fox Sports One and the game gets underway 4:05 p.m. ET.

Washington Nationals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Odds

The Nationals have gone 22-18 SU this year and are 20-19 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 3.6 units for gamblers taking the moneyline in the seasons early going, despite having gained 2.0 units ATS. Washington’s covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the under has hit in four of those seven. The Diamondbacks, on the other hand, are 24-14 SU and 20-17 ATS. They’ve gained 13.4 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 3.4 units ATS. Arizona has a 3-4 ATS record over its last seven games and the under has hit in four of those seven.

Arizona games have a 16-19-2 over/under record so far in 2018. The Nationals have an over/under record of 17-20-2.

The right-handed Stephen Strasburg will get the start for Washington. Strasburg is 4-3 with a 3.52 ERA and 59 strikeouts. He’s 0-1 with seven strikeouts and a 7.11 ERA against Arizona this year.

The Diamondbacks are going with righty Troy Scribner (0-0, ERA), who’s got zero punchouts and zero walks, as well as a WHIP. Scribner has yet to face the Nationals this year and did not record a start against them in 2017.

Washington’s pitchers have allowed 3.7 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 2.98 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 10.10 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.42, along with a WHIP of 1.05 and a K/9 of 9.54.

Nationals hitters have slashed .241/.332/.405 on their way to 4.5 runs scored per game this year, including 4.3 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 3.6 per game over the teams last five outings (4-1 SU).

Washington’s offensive production been powered by Bryce Harper and Matt Adams, who have combined to blast 22 home runs. Harper is hitting .229/.400/.527 with 12 home runs, 28 RBIs and 29 runs scored, while Adams (.284/.394/.670) has produced 10 homers, 25 RBIs and 18 runs scored.

Harper seemed to enjoy hitting right-handed pitching on the road in 2017. Across 176 such plate appearances, he maintained a slash line of .319/.438/.681 (compared to his total season line of .317/.411/.596).

For the home team, Arizona’s pitchers have allowed 3.4 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starters have a 3.55 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 9.7 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has posted a solid ERA of just 2.42, a WHIP of 1.07 and a K/9 of 8.2.

The Arizona offense has produced 4.2 runs per contest, including 2.7 per game over its last 10 games and 3.2 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .213/.278/.360 over its last five contests and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

The Diamondbacks offense has been led by outfielders A.J. Pollock and David Peralta. Pollock is hitting .295/.351/.640 with 11 home runs, 32 RBIs, 23 runs and eight stolen bases, while Peralta’s line is .302/.390/.524 with seven homers, 20 RBIs and 19 runs scored.

The Nationals have gained 4.0 units and are 14-12 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in 14 of those games, compared to 11 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Diamondbacks have netted 4.8 units and are 10-10 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The overs hit in nine of those games, as opposed to 11 which went under the total.

Washington Nationals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks MLB Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Diamondbacks, ATS Winner – Nationals, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • The Nationals have won five of their last six games SU.
  • Arizona has posted 16.1 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 games and 18.4 over its last five.
  • The Nationals have hit 15 home runs in their last 10 games. The Diamondbacks have hit nine over their last 10.