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#953 Arizona Diamondbacks -110 vs.
#954 Washington Nationals 8.5
Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 7:05pm EDT
Written by Ricky Dimon

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The Washington Nationals and Arizona Diamondbacks will begin a four-game series when they clash at Nationals Park on Thursday night.

Zack attack

Arizona’s Ketel Marte is faring well at the plate right now, having delivered multi-hit performances in each of his last three contests and is batting 11-for-28 with three homers, four RBIs and six runs scored during his six-game hitting streak. Third baseman Eduardo Escobar has 13 hits–including seven for extra bases–to go along with nine RBIs and nine runs scored in his last nine games.

Right-hander Zack Greinke (7-2, 2.87 ERA) is taking the mound for Arizona on Thursday. Greinke, who exited his previous start with a sore neck, appeared to benefit from an extra day of rest to allow just four hits over 6.0  innings in a 6-0 defeat of Toronto last Saturday. The victory was the first in a four-start stretch for the 2009 American League Cy Young Award recipient, who owns a 4-2 mark on the road while limiting the opposition to batting .208 in eight starts.

Rendon has Washington on a roll

The Nationals’ season appeared to be spiralling out of control late last month, as they at one point found themselves perilously close to the cellar of the National League East. But their fortunes have changed, having won 12 of their last 17 heading into the opener of a four-game series against the Diamondbacks. Anthony Rendon went deep twice in Tuesday’s 7-5 setback against the White Sox, boosting his total to three homers with six RBIs and four runs scored during his five-game hitting streak. Rendon could be licking his chops with Washington set to begin an 11-game home-stand, as he is batting .363 with 19 extra-base hits (10 doubles, one triple, eight homers) at Nationals Park. Washington second baseman Howie Kendrick has scored 10 runs in his last eight contests.

Erick Fedde (1-0, 2.93 ERA) will oppose Greinke on Thursday. The right-hander has acquitted himself well in his four starts since joining the rotation, posting a 1-0 mark with a 2.70 ERA. The 26-year-old received his second straight no-decision on Friday despite surrendering three runs on five hits in six innings at San Diego. Fedde has seen his pitch count elevate in each of his last six trips to the mound, although he did not walk a batter against the Padres after issuing three free passes in each of his previous two outings.

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Escobar is in fine form for Arizona, which is enjoying an awesome road trip so far. With Greinke on the mound, it should only continue. The Diamondbacks are 5-0 in their last five against losing opponents, 5-1 in their last six against right-handed starters, 9-4 in Greinke’s last 13 starts, and 7-2 in his last nine starts on four days of rest. Washington is 1-11 in its last 12 following an off day and 1-8 in Fedde’s last nine home starts.

Prediction: Arizona Diamondbacks

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Rendon (1-for-9) and Matt Adams (2-for-15, six strikeouts) have struggled against Greinke, who is sporting a 5-1 record with a 1.46 ERA and 0.91 WHIP against Washington. Arizona shortstop Nick Ahmed has scored just one run in his last 10 games. The under is 7-3 in Greinke’s last 10 starts and 5-1 in his last six road starts. It is also 5-1-2 in the Nationals’ last eight against the National League West. Additionally, the under is 5-1 in the last six meetings between the two teams and 4-1 in Arizona’s last five at Washington. Look for this one to stay under the total.

Prediction: Under

Written By Ricky Dimon

A 2006 graduate of Davidson College, Ricky is a freelance sports writer based in Atlanta, Georgia. He has previously worked with various websites in the sports handicapping industry and is generally a fan of going with the hot hand while in most cases showing a willingness to take favorites and give the points. Beyond the four major sports, Ricky is an avid tennis fan—and writer—and covers the ATP Tour on a daily basis.