Arizona Diamondbacks at Washington Nationals
|Date & Time||Friday June 14, 2019, 7:05 PM (EDT)|
Washington Nationals -185 / Arizona Diamondbacks +165
The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Washington Nationals meet in game two of their four game set in MLB action from Nationals Park on Friday.
The Arizona Diamondbacks will look to keep their momentum going after winning 7 of their last 8 games with a series opening 5-0 win over the Nationals on Thursday. Jarrod Dyson had a home run, a double and two RBIs while Alex Avila added a solo home run of his own. Adam Jones and Eduardo Escobar each had an RBI to round out Arizona’s scoring as a team in the win while Nick Ahmed had a double and starting pitcher Zack Greinke added a base hit of his own to cap off the Diamondbacks’ offense as a team in the win. Greinke got the win to improve to 8-2 on the year after throwing 7.1 shutout innings, giving up just two hits while striking out three. Robbie Ray will start game two and is 5-3 with a 3.54 ERA and 101 strikeouts this season. In his career, Ray is 0-4 with a 6.26 ERA and 28 strikeouts against Washington.
The Washington Nationals will look to bounce back after dropping game one on Thursday. Trea Turner went 2 for 4 while Adam Eaton had a base knock of his own as Washington had just three hits as a team in the losing effort. The rest of the Nationals went 0 for 21 at the dish with 5 strikeouts. Erick Fedde took the loss, falling to 1-1 on the year after allowing all five runs on six hits while walking three over six innings of work. Max Scherzer will start game two and is 4-5 with a 2.83 ERA and 126 strikeouts this season. In his career, Scherzer is 6-0 with a 2.89 ERA and 75 strikeouts against Arizona.
Arizona is 7-1 in their last 8 games overall 5-2 in their last 7 Friday games while the under is 13-6-1 in their last 20 game two matchups. Washington is 0-7 in Scherzer’s last 7 home starts and 5-2 in their last 7 home games while the under is 6-1-2 in their last 9 games against the NL West. Washington is 6-1 in Scherzer’s last 7 starts against Arizona and Arizona is 0-5 in Ray’s last 5 starts against Washington.
The heavy plus money with Arizona is tempting considering how well the D-Backs have played over the last week or so, but the issue is that Ray has had no success in his career against the Nationals while Scherzer has done nothing but own Arizona in his career. Scherzer has allowed one run or less in each of his last four starts, totalling just two earned runs in his last 27 innings. Scherzer doesn’t have the dominant record that an ace usually would, but the numbers make a strong case to lay the juice with Washington here, so I’ll side with the Nationals to even up the series with a win here.