Joe Ross (2-3, 3.00 ERA) and Jeremy Hellickson (7-7, 4.95 ERA) take the hill in the last of a four-game series between the Washington Nationals (55-51) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (52-54) at Nationals Park. The Diamondbacks won the last game 11-4 and Arizona leads the series 2-1. Action begins at 4:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 6 and can be seen on FSAZ and MASN.
Ross pitched 6.1 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs, striking out six and walking one in a 3-2 defeat to the Mets. Yunel Escobar (.317, 51 Rs, 7 HRs, 33 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. Hellickson went 3.1 innings, surrendering six runs (one unearned), striking out two and walking two in a 9-2 defeat to the Astros in his most recent start. Paul Goldschmidt (.339, 68 Rs, 22 HRs, 78 RBIs, 19 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Diamondbacks, going 3 for 5 yesterday with one run, one RBI, and two stolen bases.
Washington is a -147 favorite against Arizona and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Nationals have an overall money line of -418 and a record as the favorite of 43-31. Washington is an impressive 3-1 as the favorite over its last 10 games.
In games where it is the underdog, Arizona has a 33-35 record and an overall money line of +117. The Diamondbacks are an excellent base stealing team with 94 stolen bases, ranking second in the MLB.
The Nationals have a 41-42 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Hellickson takes the mound. Ross (RHP) will be on the hill against the Diamondbacks, who have a 40-39 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Was, O/U - Over
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Arizona's last 8 games.
Arizona is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games.
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Arizona's last 8 games on the road.
Arizona is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games on the road.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Arizona's last 5 games when playing Washington.
Arizona is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games when playing Washington.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Arizona's last 7 games when playing on the road against Washington.
When leading after 7 innings, Arizona is 18-15, while Washington is 25-21.
The Diamondbacks are coming into this meeting after a high-scoring game where they scored an impressive 11 runs. The Nationals have a 1-2 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Diamondbacks are 35-14. The Nationals have a 43-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 16th in runs, Washington has earned 437 this season. Arizona ranks seventh with 472 runs.
Washington and Arizona both rank in the top 10 of the league in walks. Washington sits at 10th with 320 this season and Arizona ranks eighth with 327.
When the Nationals hit at least one home run, they are 40-24, well-matched with the Diamondbacks who are 35-21 when hitting one or more homers.