Arizona Diamondbacks vs Washington Nationals Prediction MLB Picks 6/18/24

Washington Nationals (35-36) vs Arizona Diamondbacks (35-37)

Game Info: Tuesday, June 18, 2024 at 6:45 pm (Nationals Park)

Jake Irvin (5-5) (3.00) vs Slade Cecconi (1-5) (6.70)

Betting Odds: Washington Nationals -110 / Arizona Diamondbacks +100 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Arizona Diamondbacks and Washington Nationals meet Tuesday in MLB game 1 action at Nationals Park. Here’s a Arizona Diamondbacks vs Washington Nationals Prediction. This article will include a Arizona Diamondbacks and Washington Nationals Pick.

Arizona Diamondbacks Betting Preview

The Arizona Diamondbacks are 35-37 on the year after wins over the Angels and White Sox. The Arizona Diamondbacks have scored 21 runs in their last 3 games and 4 or more runs in 5 of their last 7 games. The Arizona Diamondbacks have won 10 straight games when scoring 4 or more runs. Ketel Marte leads the Arizona Diamondbacks with 78 hits and 39 RBI, while Christian Walker and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. have combined for 135 hits and 91 RBI.

Washington Nationals Betting Preview

The Washington Nationals look to get back to a .500 record after beating the Tigers and Marlins. The Washington Nationals have scored 15 runs in their last 3 games and 4 or more runs in 6 of their last 8 games. The Washington Nationals have won 6 straight games when scoring 4 or more runs. CJ Abrams leads the Washington Nationals with 68 hits and 36 RBI, while Jesse Winker and Luis Garcia Jr. have combined for 118 hits and 59 RBI.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs Washington Nationals Pick Pitching Matchup

Slade Cecconi gets the ball for the Arizona Diamondbacks, and he is 1-5 with a 6.70 ERA and 33 strikeouts this season. Cecconi has allowed 22 hits and 11 runs in his last 12 innings. Cecconi has a 4.02 ERA and .226 allowed batting average in 31.1 road innings. This will be Cecconi’s first career game against the Washington Nationals.

Jake Irvin gets the ball for the Washington Nationals, and he is 5-5 with a 3.00 ERA and 69 strikeouts this season. Irvin has allowed 15 hits and 3 runs in his last 18 innings. Irvin has a 3.86 ERA and .270 allowed batting average in 28 home innings. Irvin is 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA and 7 strikeouts in his career against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Why the Washington Nationals will win

  • The Nationals have won each of their last six home games.
  • The Diamondbacks have lost each of their last seven games as underdogs following a home win.
  • The Nationals have covered the run line in each of their last six home games.
  • The Diamondbacks have failed to cover the run line in each of their last five games as road underdogs against NL East opponents following a home win.

Washington Nationals Player Prop Facts

  • Lane Thomas has hit a home run in each of the Nationals' last three games as favorites.
  • CJ Abrams has recorded a Double in three of the Nationals' last four games against NL opponents.
  • Jesse Winker has recorded at least one Single in eight of his last nine appearances at Nationals Park.
  • Lane Thomas has scored at least one run in each of the Nationals' last five home games.
  • CJ Abrams has recorded two or more total bases in each of the Nationals' last five night games.
  • Lane Thomas has recorded at least one hit in each of the Nationals' last eight games against the Diamondbacks.
  • Joey Gallo has recorded at least one RBI in each of his last four appearances at Nationals Park against NL opponents that held a losing record.

Arizona Diamondbacks Player Prop Facts

  • Joc Pederson has hit at least one home run in three of his last four appearances against the Nationals at Nationals Park.
  • Joc Pederson has recorded at least one RBI in each of the Diamondbacks' last four games against opponents that held a losing record.
  • Joc Pederson has recorded two or more total bases in each of his last six appearances at Nationals Park.
  • Ketel Marte has recorded at least one Single in seven of his last eight appearances with the Diamondbacks as road underdogs against NL opponents.
  • Corbin Carroll has scored at least one run in seven of the Diamondbacks' last eight games as underdogs against NL opponents.
  • Lourdes Gurriel Jr. has recorded at least one hit in each of his last nine appearances with the Diamondbacks as underdogs against NL East opponents.
  • Pavin Smith has recorded a Double in three of his last four road appearances after not playing the previous day.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Washington Nationals rank T28th in the league for triples this season (6).
  • The Washington Nationals rank 3rd in the league for steals this season (101).
  • The Arizona Diamondbacks rank 29th in the league for hits allowed this season (657).
  • The Arizona Diamondbacks are one of only 4 teams in the league to rank top 10 in both strikeouts and on-base percentage this season.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs Washington Nationals Prediction

The Arizona Diamondbacks are obviously the better team on paper, and they're going to get the benefit of the doubt. However, the Nationals continue to find ways to hang around a .500 record, and they have a clear edge in pitching. Slade Cecconi has been a mess with his near 7 ERA, and he's just not a pitcher I'm excited to back, especially on the road. Jake Irvin has quietly been an all star caliber pitcher this season, and he gives the Nationals a chance nearly every time he takes the mound. Toss up game, give me the Nats considering they're at home with the better pitcher. 

Randy’s Pick Washington Nationals -110

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