Nationals vs. Diamondbacks Prediction
The Washington Nationals shut out the host Arizona Diamondbacks last night in a series opener. Can Washington pick up another road win today as the favorites?
Saturday, August 3, 2019
Chase Field at 8:10PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Nationals are a -132 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Diamondbacks are a +122 underdog, while the total is set at 8.5 runs. As of Saturday afternoon, 69 percent of public bets are being placed on visiting Washington. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Ross, bullpen dominate D-Backs
Joe Ross and the Washington bullpen combined on a one-hit shutout Friday night at Arizona in a 3-0 victory. Ross picked up the win as he gave up no runs on one hit with three strikeouts and five walks over 5 1/3 innings. Sean Doolittle recorded the save as he struck out one in a perfect inning of work. Juan Soto helped lead the Nationals offense as he finished 1-for-4 with a solo home run. Matt Adams ended the game 1-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Adam Eaton went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Stephen Strasburg draws the start tonight as he enters with a 14-4 record, 3.26 ERA and 1.04 WHIP with 168 strikeouts over 140 2/3 innings.
Diamondbacks held to one hit
Arizona only mustered one hit Friday nigth at home in a 3-0 loss to Washington to drop to 54-56 overall and 23-27 at home. Pitcher Alex Young notched the only hit for the Diamondbacks as he went 1-for-2. Young also took the loss on the mound as he gave up two earned runs on three hits with nine strikeouts and three walks over six innings. Ketel Marte finished 0-for-2 wiht two walks. Jake Lamb and Nick Ahmed both went 0-for-2 with a walk. Robbie Ray gets the start tonight as he comes in with a 9-7 record, 3.91 ERA and 1.30 WHIP with 173 strikeouts over 129 innings pitched.
MLB Betting Trends
The Nationals are 14-6 in their last 20 road games. Washington is 81-30 in the last 111 Strasburgh starts.
The Diamondbacks are 4-1 in the last five Ray starts. Arizona is 7-20 in the last 27 home meetings versus the Nats.
Strasburg is enjoying a fantastic season and while Ray should keep the D-Backs in it, he is susceptible to the long ball and also is dealing with an offense that was ice cold a night ago. A couple blemishes against Ray might be too much to overcome here. I see a Washington team still competing for a playoff spot as the safe play here.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: WASHINGTON NATIONALS -132