Robbie Ray (1-0, 1.50 ERA) and Max Scherzer (2-3, 2.11 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Arizona Diamondbacks (14-16) and the Washington Nationals (17-15) at Chase Field. Action begins at 9:40 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 11 and can be seen on MASN2 and FSN-AZ.
Ray pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering one run and striking out five in a 5-1 win over the Rockies. When pitching against the Diamondbacks, Scherzer is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and eight strikeouts. Bryce Harper (.300, 26 Rs, 11 HRs, 28 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Nationals, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
Washington takes on Arizona as a -135 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at eight runs. The Diamondbacks have recorded an overall money line of -139 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 8-12. The Diamondbacks have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 6.3 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.8 runs per game. The Diamondbacks have no trouble scoring as they rank third in the NL in home offense with 4.9 runs per game. The Diamondbacks are one of the best in the NL in terms of hits with an impressive 9.4 per game. Arizona is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 27 bases.
In games where it is the favorite, Washington has a 14-11 record and an overall money line of -217. They played solid baseball as the favorite over their last 10 games with a 7-1 record, and an 8-2 record SU. Washington is excellent at drawing walks with 3.2 per road game, ranking fourth in the NL. The Nationals allow 4.2 runs per game, but have improved upon those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 2.9 runs per game during that span.
The Diamondbacks have a 9-12 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Scherzer takes the mound. Ray (RHP) will be on the hill against the Nationals, who have an 11-13 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - ARI, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Nationals won by a margin of one run. The Diamondbacks are 4-6 in one-run games. The Nationals have a 7-4 record in close games.
When the Nationals play into extra innings, they have a 2-1 record. The Diamondbacks are 2-2 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Washington batters brought in a solid 11 hits last game. Arizona has a record of 3-9 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Diamondbacks are 9-2. The Nationals have a 12-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Arizona and Washington both rank in the top 10 of the league in runs. Arizona sits at 10th with 140 runs this season and Washington ranks ninth with 141.
Ranking 17th, Arizona is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 90 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 104.
The Diamondbacks are 12-4 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Nationals are 12-6 when they hit at least one homer.