The Washington Nationals and the Arizona Diamondbacks meet in MLB action from Chase Field on Saturday night.
The Washington Nationals will look to build on a 17-2 rout of the Diamondbacks in Friday’s matchup. Andrew Stevenson, Josh Bell and Trea Turner each had three RBIs with Stevenson belting a three-run home run while Bell had a double and Turner had a home run and a double. Kyle schwarber, Victor Robles and Yan Gomes each had two RBIs with Schwarber hitting a solo homer while Gomes went 5 for 6 at the dish, falling a home run short of the cycle and Robles had a pair of doubles. Juan Soto and Josh Harrison each had an RBI to round out Washington’s mound of scoring in the win while Jordy Mercer and Yadiel Hernandez each had a base hit to finish off Washington’s offense with Mercer logging a double in the win. Max Scherzer got the win to improve to 3-2 after tossing five shutout innings, giving up just two hits with seven strikeouts on the way to the win. Joe Ross will start here and is 2-2 with a 4.26 ERA and 28 strikeouts this season. In his career, Ross is 2-0 with a 1.17 ERA against Arizona.
The Arizona Diamondbacks will look to bounce back from a horrendous showing against Washington on Friday. Andrew Young went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI while David Peralta went 2 for 3 at the dish. Eduardo Escobar added the other RBI to finish off Arizona’s scoring in the loss while Pavin Smith also had a double and Josh Rojas added a base knock of his own to cap off Arizona’s offense as a team in the defeat. Riley Smith took the loss, falling to 1-3 after allowing eight earned runs on eight hits over three innings of work. Seth Frankoff comes up to make his major league debut for Washington in this matchup.
Washington is 10-21 in their last 31 road games and 2-5 in their last 7 games against the NL West while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a losing record. Arizona is 0-8 in their last 8 games as an underdog and 2-8 in their last 10 games overall while the under is 5-1 in their last 5 games against the NL East. Washington is 19-7 in the last 26 meetings between these two teams in Arizona.
I find myself trying to make a case for both sides after Friday’s rout, but realistically, I’m not trying to back the Nationals with Joe Ross on the mound and things can only go downhill for the Nats after exploding offensively on Friday and the D-Backs have to be better than they were but who knows what we’re going to see from Seth Frankoff here. I think both starters get tagged here and while I think the over hits, I think we see a bit more balance on the score sheet.