MLB Picks: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Washington Nationals

The Arizona Diamondbacks (41-36) and Washington Nationals (39-38) will close out a three-game National League series Thursday afternoon at Nationals Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 4:05 p.m. ET

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Washington Nationals 

The Washington Nationals are 9-3 as home favorites of -125 to -150 this season
The Washington Nationals are 9-3 as home favorites of -125 to -150 this season

Arizona has dropped three consecutive games, including a 3-2 setback to Washington as +140 road underdogs Wednesday, while going UNDER the betting total for the third time in four contests.  “We’re facing some pretty good pitching and guys are battling,” commented Diamondbacks pitcher Wade Miley.  Offensively, the team is hitting a combined .226 in dropping seven of 11 games, which isn’t likely to get any better in facing one of the top pitchers in baseball in this spot.  Arizona is 5-5 as road underdogs of +125 to +150, with the OVER going 7-3 in that situation.

Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin (9-0, 2.19 ERA) hasn’t earn a decision in his last four outings, but he did lead the team to a 4-3 home victory over the Cincinnati Reds last time out.  The left-hander is 4-0 with a 2.85 ERA in seven road outings, surrendering just three home runs in 47.1 combined innings.  Corbin earned a 7-4 home win over the Nationals in his only career start against them on Aug. 12 of last season.

Washington has split its last 10 games, but has managed to win the first two games of this series.  The Nationals are now a game above .500 on the season again, with the clubhouse starting to feel better about their chances of making a run in the NL East division.  “We are playing good ball right now,” commented Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmerman.  Offensively, first baseman Adam LaRoche has been leading the charge at this ballpark, as he’s hit safely in 19 of his last 20 home games.  Washington is 9-3 as home favorites of -125 to -150 this season, with the OVER going 9-3 in that situation.

Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (4-6, 2.40 ERA) is coming off a 2-1 home victory over the Colorado Rockies last time out, as he allowed just a single run and five hits over seven frames.  The right-hander is 3-3 with a 1.13 ERA in six home starts, issuing just four walks and striking out 42 batters in 40 combined innings.  In two career games versus the Diamondbacks, Strasburg has tallied a 1-0 record and 1.64 ERA.

Sports bettors will likely back the Nationals due to their 9-4 record in Strasburgh’s last 13 games versus NL West opponents.

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