Arizona Diamondbacks at Washington Nationals - 4/16/21 MLB Picks and Prediction

Arizona Diamondbacks at Washington Nationals - 4/16/21 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Nationals (3-7) vs Arizona Diamondbacks (5-8)

Game Info: Friday, April 16, 2021 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)

Erick Fedde (0-1) (8.53) vs Luke Weaver (1-0) (2.13)

Betting Odds: Washington Nationals -210 / Arizona Diamondbacks +190 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Washington Nationals will face the Arizona Diamondbacks in an NL matchup on Friday. It will be the second game of a four-game set in Washington.

The Diamondbacks won the first game 11-6. Merrill Kelly gave up 6 runs on 9 hits in the start but still got the win thanks to an outburst at the plate. Arizona had 8 hits in the game, and 4 of those were home runs. To start the season, the Diamondbacks have a .229 team batting average and .709 OPS. Asdrubal Cabrera leads the team with a .354 OBP and 9 RBI.

Starting for the Diamondbacks on Friday will be young righty Taylor Widener. To start the season, he is 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 8 strikeouts. This will be the first time he has faced this Nationals lineup in his career.

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The Nationals could not overcome an abysmal start from Patrick Corbin in their last game. He gave up 10 runs in 2 innings, allowing 6 hits and 3 home runs. From the dish they managed 11 hits and were 2-7 with runners in scoring position. Starlin Castro and Josh Harrison both homered in the game. To start the season, the Nationals have a .269 team batting average and .720 OPS. Juan Soto leads the team with a .465 OBP and 14 hits.

Getting the start for the Nationals on Friday will be Max Scherzer. To start the season, he is 0-1 with a 3.75 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and 14 strikeouts. In his career against this Diamondbacks lineup, he has allowed a .217 batting average with 5 home runs in 125 at bats.

The Nationals are 4-6 in their last 10, 5-5 on the run line, and the over is 5-5.

The Diamondbacks are 4-6 in their last 10, 5-5 on the run line, and the over is 5-5.

Washington has been off to a slow start, but open here as heavy favorites. With Scherzer starting they should have the edge on the mound, as his 0.75 WHIP to start the season ranks 10th in the majors. The Nationals have continued to swing the bat well and should be able to scratch a few across early against Widener. Give me the Nationals to win.

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Joe’s Pick Washington Nationals -210

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