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Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Washington Nationals - 8/3/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Nationals at Arizona Diamondbacks
Date & Time Saturday August 3, 2019, 8:10 PM (EDT)
Chase Field
Phoenix, Arizona
The Line
The Line: Washington Nationals -161 / Arizona Diamondbacks +140 -- Over/Under: 8.5
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The Washington Nationals and Arizona Diamondbacks meet Saturday in MLB action at Chase Field.

The Washington Nationals look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Nationals have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Washington Nationals have splitting 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. Stephen Strasburg gets the ball, and he is 14-4 with a 3.26 ERA and 168 strikeouts this season. Strasburg is 5-4 with a 3.89 ERA and 63 strikeouts in his career against the Diamondbacks.

The Arizona Diamondbacks look for a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Diamondbacks have scored nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Arizona Diamondbacks have won four of their last six games when scoring four or more runs. Ketel Marte leads the Diamondbacks with 132 hits and 65 RBI while Eduardo Escobar and Adam Jones have combined for 219 hits and 148 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 EA and 33 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.

The Nationals are 9-4 in their last 13 Saturday games, 1-4 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series and 81-30 in Strasburgs last 111 starts. The Diamondbacks are 7-3 in their last 10 Saturday games, 4-10 in their last 14 during game 2 of a series and 4-1 in Youngs last 5 starts. The Nationals are 19-7 in the last 26 meetings in Arizona, 7-2 in the last 9 meetings and 5-2 in Strasburgs last 7 road starts vs. Diamondbacks. The over is 3-1-2 in Diamondbacks last 6 home games. The under is 19-7 in Nationals last 26 overall.

Strasburg has allowed 22 hits and four runs in his last 31.2 innings, and the Nationals have won 10 of his last 11 starts. Ray has allowed 25 hits and 11 earned runs in his last 30.1 innings, and he's allowing just a .215 batting average in 50.1 innings at home. This is a solid price for a quality pitcher in Ray, but Strasburg is looking like the pitcher we saw when he first came up to the big leagues, punching guys out left and right and not giving up anything in terms of runs. In his last 13 innings, Strasburg has allowed five hits and one run while striking out 17. I have to back the Nats.

Washington Nationals -161

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