Jake Irvin takes to the mound for the Washington Nationals as they host the Arizona Diamondbacks. It's time to continue our MLB odds series with a Diamondbacks-Nationals prediction and pick.

Diamondbacks-Nationals Projected Starters 

Slade Cecconi vs. Jake Irvin

Slade Cecconi (1-5) with a 6.70 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP

Last Start: Cecconi struggled last time out. He went just three innings, giving up ten hits including two home runs. This led to seven runs being scored against him as he took his fifth loss of the year.

2024 Road Splits: Cecconi has been better on the road than at home. In five starts and six total appearances, he has a 4.02 ERAS and an opponent batting average of .226. This has led to a 1-2 record on the road.

Jake Irvin (5-5) with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP

Last Start: Jake Irvin was solid last time out. He went six innings, giving up just six hits and one run. The one run was on a solo home run as he won his third straight start. In his last five starts, Irvin has pitched six or more innings in each one, and given up two or fewer runs.

2024 Home Splits: Irvin in just 1-4 in five starts this year. he has a 3.86 ERA at home with a .270 on-base percentage.

Here are the MLB Odds, courtesy of FanDuel. 

MLB Odds: Diamondbacks-Nationals Odds

Arizona Diamondbacks: -1.5 (+155)

Moneyline: -104

Washington Nationals: +1.5 (-188)

Moneyline: -112

Over: 8.5 (-122)

Under: 8.5 (+100)

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Why The Diamondbacks Will Cover The Spread/Win

The Diamondbacks are sixth in the majors in runs scored this year while sitting eighth in batting average, seventh in on-base percentage, and tenth in slugging. Christian Walker leads the way this year. He is hitting .257 on the year and getting on base at a .337 rate. He has 16 home runs on the year with 49 RBIs while scoring 44 times. Meanwhile, Ketle Martes is slugging well. He is hitting .283 on the year, with 14 home runs, 15 doubles, and two triples. This has led to 39 RBIS and 49 runs scored. Corbin Carroll is not hitting great, but has been an issue on the bathapth. He is hitting just .213 but with a .302 on-base percentage. He has 22 RBIs but has stolen 12 bases and scored 41 times this year.

Joc Pederson is on fire this week. He is hitting .333 in the last week, with a double and two home runs. this has led to ten RBIs and seven runs scored. Christian Walker has also slugging well in the last week. He is hitting .259 in the last week, with four home runs and eight RBIs. Further, he has scored five times. Ketel Marte is also hot. In the last week, he is hitting .300 with a home run and four RBIs. He has scored six times in the last week as well.

The Diamondbacks have 34 career at-bats against Jake Irvin. They are hitting .206 against him. Joc Pederson has the only home run against IRvin. He has one hit in five at-bats, with a walk. He has a home run and two RBIs as well. Meanwhile, Ketel Marte has just one hit in six at-bats against Irvin.

Why The Nationals Will Cover The Spread/Win

The Nationals are 23rd in the majors in runs scored this year, while sitting 20th in batting average, 22nd in on-base percentage, and 27th in slugging. CJ Abrams has been solid this year. He is hitting .258 on the year, with 15 doubles, five triples, and 11 home runs. This has led to 36 RBIs and 40 runs scored. Joey Meneses is also driving in runs this year. He is hitting .244 on the year with three home runs and 36 RBIs. He has just three home runs but has driven in 36 runs. Jesse Winker rounds out the top bats of the year. He is hitting .265 this year with six home runs and 31 RBIs. He also has stolen 11 bases and scored 33 times this year.

Lane Thomas comes into this game hot. He is hitting .364 in the last week with a .385 on-base percentage. He has three home runs and seven RBIs in the last week while scoring six times. Joey Meneses is also hitting well. He is hitting .421 in the last week with a home run and six RBIs. Rounding out the hottest bats is CJ Abrams. Abrahms it hitting .391 in the last week with three doubles, a triple, and a home run. This has led to five RBIs and five runs scored.

Final Diamondbacks-Nationals Prediction & Pick

While the Diamondbacks have been the better offense this year, the Nationals are hitting great. Jake Irvin has not been great at home but he has been solid as of late overall. Further, Slade Cecconi has not been good this year. Take the Nationals in this one.

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Final Diamondbacks-Nationals Prediction & Pick: Nationals ML (-112)