Arizona Diamondbacks at Washington Nationals: Game Preview




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Date: June 8, 2023
Time: 1:05 PM
Location: Nationals Park, Washington D.C.

Arizona Diamondbacks (36-25) are heading to Washington D.C. to face off against the struggling Washington Nationals (25-35). According to ESPN Analytics, the Diamondbacks carry a slight edge, with a 55.1% chance of victory.

Starting Pitchers:

For Arizona, right-handed pitcher Merrill Kelly (7-3, 2.80 ERA, 1.08 WHIP) will be on the mound. Kelly has shown outstanding control throughout the season, amassing a notable 77 strikeouts in 70.2 innings pitched, while surrendering only 28 walks and 7 home runs. His efficiency has been a key factor in Arizona’s success, keeping opponents’ hits to a minimum with only 48.

The Nationals will respond with right-hander Josiah Gray (4-5, 3.09 ERA, 1.42 WHIP) who, despite the higher WHIP, maintains a solid ERA. Gray’s 55 strikeouts and 33 walks over 67.0 innings indicate a need for more control, as he’s allowed more hits (62) and home runs (8) compared to his Diamondbacks counterpart.

Star Players:

Christian Walker, Arizona’s first baseman, has had a significant impact on the Diamondbacks’ offensive success, leading the team in home runs (12) and RBIs (36), despite a .250 batting average. The Nationals will need to carefully navigate around Walker’s at-bats, especially in clutch situations.

For Washington, Lane Thomas and Jose Meneses have been the offensive sparks. Thomas leads the team in home runs (9) with a .281 batting average and 28 RBIs, while Meneses tops the team with a .301 batting average and 30 RBIs.

However, there’s a potential blow for Arizona as Lourdes Gurriel Jr., who leads the team in batting average (.310), is listed as day-to-day and his participation in the game is uncertain.

Key Stats:

Looking at team stats, Arizona carries a slight edge in batting average (.261 to .264), runs scored (307 to 258), and home runs (69 to 48). Washington, however, has a slightly higher on-base percentage (.328 to .327). Arizona’s slugging percentage (.431) outperforms Washington’s (.393), indicating that the Diamondbacks hit for more power and extra bases.

On the pitching side, the Diamondbacks have a lower ERA (4.33 to 4.67) and WHIP (1.34 to 1.47), suggesting their pitching staff generally performs better at preventing runs and keeping runners off base.


Considering the starting pitchers, star players, and overall team performance, we expect a solid game from both teams. However, with the better overall record, stronger pitching, and a more potent offense, the Arizona Diamondbacks are predicted to win over the Washington Nationals with a score of 6-2.

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