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Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Washington Nationals - 8/2/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Washington Nationals at Arizona Diamondbacks
Date & Time Friday August 2, 2019, 9:40 PM (EDT)
Location
Chase Field
Phoenix, Arizona
The Line
The Line: Washington Nationals +130 / Arizona Diamondbacks -149 -- Over/Under: 9.5
TV Channel
FSAZ, MAS2
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The Washington Nationals and Arizona Diamondbacks meet Friday in MLB action at Chase Field.

The Washington Nationals look for a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Nationals have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Washington Nationals have split their last six games when scoring four or more runs. Adam Eaton leads the Nationals with 112 hits and 28 RBI while Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto have combined for 215 hits and 150 RBI. Joe Ross gets the ball, and he is 0-3 with a 9.85 ERA and 25 strikeouts this season. Ross is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 12 strikeouts in his career against the Diamondbacks.

The Arizona Diamondbacks look for a win after losing seven of their last 11 games. The Diamondbacks have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Arizona Diamondbacks have won five of their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Ketel Marte leads the Diamondbacks with 132 hits and 65 RBI while Adam Jones and Eduardo Escobar have combined for 219 hits and 128 RBI. Robbie Ray gets the ball, and he is 9-7 with a 3.91 ERA and 173 strikeouts this season. Ray is 0-5 with a 6.52 ERA and 33 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.

The Nationals are 6-0 in their last 6 games following an off day, 8-3 in their last 11 games following a loss and 0-4 in Ross' last 4 starts. The Diamondbacks are 11-3 in their last 14 games following an off day, 4-1 in their last 5 games following a loss and 4-1 in Rays last 5 starts. The Nationals are 19-7 in the last 26 meetings in Arizona and 7-2 in the last 9 meetings. The under is 3-1-1 in Rays last 5 starts overall. The under is 19-7 in Nationals last 26 overall.

Ross has had nothing but issues all season long, which includes allowing 22 hits and 13 earned runs in his last 11 innings. Ray has allowed 25 hits and 11 earned runs in his last 30.1 innings, and he has a 3.58 ERA and .215 allowed batting average at home. Ray could also be even better moving forward now with the trade deadline gone, as guys have a clearer mind knowing they're not going anywhere. The Washington Nationals are playing better baseball and are playing for something down the stretch, but getting behind Ross is not an option for me. 

Pick:
Arizona Diamondbacks -149

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