The Mariners and Nationals meet tonight in an interleague matchup at Nationals Park. Seattle is looking to win its ninth straight game, which is the longest streak in the Majors. They are second in the AL West but are still 12 games behind the Houston Astros for first place.
The Nationals continue their disappointing season and have now lost five straight games and ten of their last eleven. They have the second-worst record in baseball, just a game better than the Oakland A’s. They have occupied the bottom of their division all season and are currently 24.5 games behind the division-leading New York Mets.
Seattle has the longest winning streak in the Majors and has been making up ground in the standings as they have moved ahead of the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels to sit alone in second place. They have been red hot for the last few weeks and are 16-3 in their previous 19 games overall. The Mariners swept the Toronto Blue Jays and San Diego Padres in their last two series.
Ty France is the leading man at the plate for the Mariners and is hitting .306 with 45 RBIs to top all Seattle hitters. Eugenio Suarez is first on the team in home runs with 15.
Robbie Ray is the leader in wins with seven, and Logan Gilbert has had a great first half of the season on the mound and is 10-3 with a 2.80 ERA. Chris Flexen gets the start tonight and is 5-8 with a 4.00 ERA.
The 2019 World Series champions continue looking to rebuild and hope to turn the team back into a winner next season.
The only bright spot for the Nationals this year is Juan Soto being named to his second All-Star appearance. He is the only regular player remaining from that championship squad of three years ago. Most recently, Washington was swept in three games by the Atlanta Braves in their last series.
Josh Bell is the leader in batting average for the Nationals, hitting .304 on the season. Soto leads them in home runs with 17, and Nelson Cruz is the team’s RBI leader with 47.
Patrick Corbin is the top pitcher in ERA at 5.70 for the Nats. Josiah Gray is first on the team in wins with seven and strikeouts with 99 and will get the start tonight. He’s 7-5 with a 4.14 ERA so far this season.
The Mariners are 22-12 this season when listed as the favorite and are 25-18 against the spread when playing on the road. Washington is 2-6 in their last eight games at home, where they are just 14-31 this season.
The pitching matchup for tonight’s game is pretty even, although Washington holds the second-worst record at home in the Majors. On the other hand, the Mariners have been red hot at the plate during this current streak and have averaged 5.8 runs in their last six games.
Godds Pick/Prediction: The Mariners will win, and the total goes over.