Arizona Diamondbacks at Washington Nationals
|Date & Time||Thursday June 13, 2019, 7:05 PM (EDT)|
Washington Nationals +105 / Arizona Diamondbacks -125
The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Washington Nationals meet in the opener of a four game set in MLB action from Nationals Park on Thursday.
The Arizona Diamondbacks will look to keep their momentum going after winning their series with the Phillies, taking the rubber match on Wednesday by a final score of 2-0. Christian Walker and Nick Ahmed each had an RBI to round out the D-Backs’ scoring in the win while Ketel Marte went 2 for 4 with a double. David Peralta, Adam Jones and Eduardo Escobar each had a base hit as well in the victory. Merrill Kelly got the win to improve to 7-6 this season after tossing 7.2 shutout innings, giving up just three hits while striking out five. Greg Holland closed out the 9th for his 10th save of the year. Zack Greinke will start game one and is 7-2 with a 2.87 ERA and 82 strikeouts this season. In his career, Greinke is 5-1 with a 1.46 ERA and 46 strikeouts against Washington.
The Washington Nationals will look to bound back after settling for a series split in their two game interleague set with the White Sox, dropping the finale on Tuesday by a final score of 7-5. Anthony Rendon went 2 for 4 with a pair of home runs and three RBIs while Yan Gomes had a double and two RBIs to cap off Washington’s scoring in the loss. Adam Eaton, Juan Soto and Brian Dozier each had two hits as well in the defeat for the Nationals. Patrick Corbin took the loss, falling to 5-5 on the year after allowing seven runs on six hits while striking out five over five innings of work. Erick Fedde will start game one and is 1-0 with a 2.93 ERA and 20 strikeouts this season. This will be Fedde’s first career start against Arizona.
Arizona is 6-1 in their last 7 games overall and 33-13 in Greinke’s last 46 starts against a team with a losing record while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 road games. Washington is 1-8 in Fedde’s last 9 home starts and 7-21 in their last 28 series opening matchups while the over is 15-7-1 in their last 23 home games against a team with a winning record. Arizona is 9-23 in the last 32 meetings between these two teams.
Fedde has been pretty good in his last few starts, and Washington has picked up some victories as of late, so the plus money could be worth a look. However, even on the road, getting an ace pitcher like Greinke at this low of a price is a steal, especially when the D-Backs just find different ways to win over the last week. Greinke has also done a good job stifling Washington in his career, so I’ll side with the Diamondbacks to draw first blood with their ace on the mound.