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Jun 13 · 3 min read

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Arizona Diamondbacks vs Washington Nationals

Time: Thursday, June 13, 7:05 PM EST
Odds: Washington Nationals +105, O/U 9

The Washington Nationals host the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night for a four-game series at Nationals Park. The Diamondbacks enter this series riding a wave of momentum after taking two of three from the Phillies and winners in 6 of their last 7 games. The Nationals have split their last two series and are 3–3 their last 6 games.

Arizona has played well on the road this season and they enter this series vs the Nationals with a better road record (22–17) than home record (14–16). The Diamondbacks offense has clicked recently led by Ketel Marte who is batting 11-for-28 with 3 HR, 4 RBIs and six runs scored during his six-game hitting streak. Eduardo Escobar also has 13 hits, including 7 extra base hits and 9 RBIs and 9 runs scored in his last nine games. The Diamondbacks hand the ball to their ace, RH Zack Greinke (7–2, 2.87 ERA) on Thursday. Greinke picked up the win in his last outing, pitching 6.0 innings, 4 hits, O ER and 7 Ks. In his career, Greinke is 5–1 with a 1.46 ERA and 46 strikeouts against Washington.

Washington appeared to be out of the NL East race just last month but they have since won 12 of their last 17 heading into the opener of a four-game series against the Diamondbacks. Anthony Rendon has been the catalyst for the Nationals offense, leading the team with a .320 average, 14 HRs, 46 RBI and .655 SLG. Rendon hit two home runs on Tuesday in the Nationals 7–5 loss to Chicago White Sox and enters this series with a 5 game hitting streak. Erick Fedde (1–0, 2.93 ERA) will oppose Greinke on Thursday night for his 5th start of the season. Fedde has recorded two straight no-decisions in his last two starts.

Zack Greinke has been one of the most consistent pitchers in MLB and the Diamondbacks are 9–4 in Greinke’s last 13 starts. The Diamondbacks are 11–5 in Greinke’s last 16 starts vs. National League East and 33–13 in Greinke’s last 46 starts vs. a team with a losing record. The Nationals are 1–8 in Fedde’s last 9 home starts, 0–4 in Feddes last 4 starts vs. National League West and the Nationals are 1–11 in their last 12 games following an off day.

We’re getting an ace pitcher on the mound at a reasonable price (-125) which seems to be a steal considering how well the Diamondbacks are swinging the bats. This pitching matchup favors the Diamondbacks who have played well on the road this season and that should continue this evening. Take the Diamondbacks (-125) in Game 1 of this series vs the Nationals.

Diamondbacks vs Nationals Free Pick: Diamondbacks -125

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