The Arizona Diamondbacks and Washington Nationals continue their four-game series at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., so here’s the best betting pick along with the latest odds update for their Friday night showdown.
The Diamondbacks stunned the Nationals in the opener as +165 road underdogs, 11-6. According to DraftKings Sportsbook, the D-backs are +178 dogs for the second game of the series, while the Nats are listed as -195 moneyline favorites with a total of 8.5 runs.
Arizona stormed the front Thursday to get back on the winning track
The Arizona Diamondbacks are 5-8 on the young season following that 11-6 thrashing off the Nationals on Thursday night. They scored a whopping ten runs through the first two innings including a pair of solo dingers and Andrew Young’s grand slam to snap a two-game skid.
Arizona smacked 18 round-trippers in 13 outings this term, and Eduardo Escobar leads the way with five homers in 52 plate appearances. The Diamondbacks entered this series as the 11th-most efficient team in the majors, scoring 4.58 runs per game and slashing .229/.307/.384.
Taylor Widener will take the hill for Arizona on Friday, and the 26-year-old right-hander is 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA and 1.18 WHIP after his first two starts in 2021. Widener beat the Padres in the opening week, while his second start of the season finished in a no-decision against Cincinnati, as Taylor yielded three earned runs on seven hits in five innings of work.
Washington looks to right the ship with Max Scherzer on the mound
The Washington Nationals dropped to 3-7 on the season following that heavy loss to the Diamondbacks, as Patrick Corbin had an awful day in the office, allowing nine earned runs in just two frames of work. The Nats scored four runs in the first inning but didn’t have enough firepower to keep it up with the red-hot Diamondbacks.
Washington tallies only 3.44 runs per contest (28th in the majors) on a .265 batting average (4th) and a .378 slugging percentage (17th). The Nats hit eight home runs through their first ten games of the season, and only the Mets have fewer round-trippers than the 2019 World Series champions.
Max Scherzer will toe the slab for the Nats on Friday night, searching for his first win in 2021. The 36-year-old righty is 0-1 with a 3.75 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP this term, as Scherzer faced off against a couple of top-notch teams. He suffered a loss at the Dodgers, allowing one earned run on three hits and a walk in six innings of work.
- 11-18 in the last 29 games against Washington
- 14-6 in Max Scherzer’s last 20 starts
The Diamondbacks have been pretty unpredictable thus far, so after a tremendous night at the plate and 11 runs scored, I’m expecting some regression Friday. Therefore, I’m backing the Nationals to bounce back and tie the series at 1-1.
Scherzer looked sharp last time out, and the three-time Cy Young Award winner is 7-0 with a 2.85 ERA in nine career starts against the Diamondbacks. The Nats have had some issues with the COVID-19, but they are healthy now and will look to help their ace earn his first win of the season.
Pick: Take Washington Nationals at -195
I would stick with the Nationals to win, but with Max Scherzer on the mound, betting on the under seems like a logical choice. However, the Nationals have a potent lineup that could easily destroy Arizona’s pitching staff and score seven or eight runs on its own.
The under has hit in five of the Diamondbacks’ last seven outings on the road, but the over is 6-1 in the Nationals’ previous seven showings at home.
Pick: Go under 8.5 runs at -110