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Nats Offense Continues to Churn out Runs at a Ridiculous Pace

Looking like the World Series-contending team they were touted as in the preseason, the Washington Nationals have been very good this year and already have an impressive 6.5-game lead in the NL East. They’ll send 2016 breakout starter Tanner Roark to the mound this evening to square off with newcomer Sam Gaviglio as the Nats look to dominate the Mariners for the second straight game.

  • The Mariners are 0-7 SU in their last 7 games on the road against the Nationals.
  • The Nationals are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games at home.
  • The Mariners are 0-5 SU and 1-4 on the runline in their last 5 games on the road.

Although he has not been posting the numbers he did last year, Roark is the better pitcher in this matchup and should be able to find some success against a Mariners offense that’s scored exactly one run per game during a four-game losing streak.

Not only has the offense been struggling for Seattle, the pitching and defense have been too. The Mariners have given up an average of eight runs per game in their last five contests and could be in some serious trouble against the majors’ best offense. Washington is leading most offensive categories right now and Bryce Harper, who has an insane .454 on-base percentage this season, has been generating a lot of it.

Harper, who’s in the midst of a contract year, has been scorching the baseball all over the diamond and should be able to give Gaviglio a proper introduction to Major League Baseball. So far, the rookie has gone relatively unscathed in two pro appearances but he’s in for a reality check in the nation’s capital tonight.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Washington Nationals were listed as -162 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, while odds makers set the opening total line around 9 earlier at Bovada.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 4.9-2.8 result in favor of the Nationals. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Seattle Mariners vs Washington Nationals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Washington Nationals sport a record of 27-17 heading into this matchup, while the Seattle Mariners sit at 20-26 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Washington vs Seattle injuries news.

The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Washington Nationals rated this week at No. 15 and the Seattle Mariners sitting at No. 25.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up Washington Nationals No. 1 ranked offense (5.82 runs per game) against a Seattle Mariners defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 27 at 5.13 runs allowed per game. The Washington Nationals have been averaging 9.77 hits per game, more than the Seattle Mariners have managed so far this season (8.37 hits on average).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping betting factors and Washington has the No. 20-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Mariners own the No. 27 mark in runs allowed.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Seattle looks to rebound from a loss to the Nationals, who beat them 10-1 on Tuesday behind a start from Joe Ross at Nationals Park.

Betting Trends
  • Seattle is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Seattle is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Seattle's last 5 games
  • Seattle is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Washington is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Washington is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 10 of Washington's last 14 games
  • Washington is 5-10 ATS in its last 15 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Seattle at Washington, Thursday, May 25th