The Washington Nationals and Arizona Diamondbacks will begin a four-game series when they clash at Nationals Park on Thursday night.
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.
5-1 on the road trip so far.
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) June 13, 2019
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.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are:
- 6-1 in their last seven overall
- 5-1 in their last six road games
- 4-1 in their last five games against the National League East
The Washington Nationals are:
- 7-21 in their last 28 series openers
- 3-8 in their last 11 home games against teams with winning records
- 2-5 in Fedde’s last seven starts