Washington Nationals (20-17) at Arizona Diamondbacks (24-11)
|Date & Time||Thursday May 10, 2018, 9:40 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Arizona Diamondbacks +100 / Washington Nationals -110 --- Over/Under:
The Washington Nationals and the Arizona Diamondbacks square off in game one of their four game set from Chase Field in MLB action on Thursday night.
The Washington Nationals will look to rebound after failing to complete the sweep of the San Diego Padres, losing the finale by a final score of 2-1 on Wednesday. Anthony Rendon’s solo homer accounted for the lone run for the Nats in the loss, while Ryan Zimmerman went 2 for 3 at the dish and Matt Wieters added a double. Michael A. Taylor, Howie Kendrick and Wilmer Difo all added base hits as well in the losing effort for Washington. Gio Gonzalez gave up one run on five hits while striking out eight over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Trevor Gott took the loss, falling to 0-2 this season. Tanner Roark will start game one and is 2-3 with a 3.65 ERA and 41 strikeouts this season. In his career, Roark is 2-2 with a 3.02 ERA and 40 strikeouts against Arizona.
The Arizona Diamondbacks will look to rebound after having their three game winning streak snapped, settling for a two game series split with the Dodgers after a 6-3 loss in the finale on Wednesday night. Nick Ahmed opened the scoring for Arizona with an inside-the-park home run, while Paul Goldschmidt and A.J. Pollock each added RBIs of their own to round out the scoring for Arizona in the loss. Daniel Descalso added a double, while Ketel Marte went 2 for 4 at the dish. Deven Marrero and starting pitcher Patrick Corbin each contributed base hits of their own in the losing effort for the D-Backs. The aforementioned Corbin went five innings, giving up one run on three hits while walking four and striking out seven, not factoring in the decision. Fernando Salas took the loss, falling to 3-3 this season. Zack Greinke will start the opener and is 3-2 with a 4.10 ERA and 47 strikeouts this season. In his career, Greinke is 6-4 with a 3.84 ERA and 83 strikeouts against the Dodgers.
Washington is 1-5 in Roark’s last 6 starts and 9-2 in their last 11 games overall while the under is 6-2-1 in Roark’s last 9 road starts. Arizona is 22-10 in their last 32 games overall and 16-7 in their last 23 home games while the under is 7-1 in their last 8 home games against a right-handed starter. Washington is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Arizona.
There’s no doubting that Washington has had the bulk of the success and that Arizona could be tired after having to travel from a late game in L.A. for this one. However, the Nationals haven’t had a lot of success with Roark on the mound, while Greinke is 2-0 with a 1.85 ERA at home this season. Greinke is still the ace of this D-Backs pitching staff, and getting a low price like this is a rarity, especially given the advantage in the pitching matchup, so I’ll take the Diamondbacks to draw first blood on Thursday.