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Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Washington Nationals

June 18, 2024


The Arizona Diamondbacks will travel to Washington, D.C., to face the Washington Nationals in Game 1 of a three-game series. The first pitch of Game 1 is scheduled for 6:45 PM ET on Tuesday evening and will air on Diamondbacks TV and MAS2.


Arizona Diamondbacks Team Preview


Last season, the Arizona Diamondbacks made it to the World Series as a Wild Card team in the National League and entered the season with an over/under win total of 84.5 games. However, they enter the series against the Washington Nationals on pace to win 79 games and are two games below .500 at 35-37, which puts them in third place in the NL West and gives them the 8th-best record in the National League.


Arizona has shown much improvement this month. They have compiled a record of 10-5 in June following a 2-1 series win at home against the Chicago White Sox, which they won by an average margin of 2 runs per game.


Arizona has won three straight games in the series against Washington and has won by an average margin of 3.67 runs per game in those meetings. The Arizona Diamondbacks will look to extend their winning streak in the series to four games when they travel to face the Washington Nationals for Game 1 of the series.


Washington Nationals Team Preview


The Washington Nationals have been one of the biggest surprise teams in the National League this season. They entered the season with the second-lowest over/under win total of 65.5 games. However, they enter the series against the Arizona Diamondbacks tied with the San Diego Padres for the sixth-best record in the National League at 35-36 and are on pace to win 80 games.


Washington is coming off a 3-0 series sweep at home against the Miami Marlins and outscored Miami 15-2 in the series while also having won eight of their last nine games and have won by an average margin of 2.11 runs per game during that stretch. The Nationals have lost eight of the previous ten games in the series against the Diamondbacks and have been outscored by Arizona by an average of 3.7 to 6.4 runs per game.


The Washington Nationals will look to win their 9th game in their previous ten matchups and end their three-game losing streak against the Arizona Diamondbacks when they host the Diamondbacks for Game 1 of the series on Tuesday.


Odds and Series Trends


WagerWeb lists the Washington Nationals as -115 moneyline favorites at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks for Game 1 of the series on Tuesday evening. Arizona has won eight of the last ten, including three straight against Washington, and has won by an average margin of 2.7 runs per game over the last ten and 3.67 runs per game over the previous three games in the series.


Jake Irvin went 0-1 with a no-decision in his two starts against Arizona last season and allowed an average of 2 runs while striking out an average of 3.5 batters in those starts.


Game Pick


Both teams are hovering around .500 this season, with Washington entering the series with a record of 35-36 and Arizona having a record of 35-37. Both have been hot as of late, with the Nationals having won eight of their last nine games and the Diamondbacks having compiled a record of 10-5 in June.


However, the Arizona Diamondbacks have dominated the series against the Washington Nationals, having won eight of the last ten and three straight while having won by an average margin of 2.7 runs per game over the last ten and 3.67 runs per game in the previous three games. As a result, I am taking the moneyline for the Arizona Diamondbacks when they travel to face the Washington Nationals for Game 1 on Tuesday.


Spooky Express Pick: Arizona Diamondbacks Moneyline (-105)