Diamondbacks play Washington, aim to build on Kelly’s strong outing
Washington; Friday, 7 p.m. EDT
LINE: Nationals favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 7 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Arizona heads into the matchup after a dominant performance by Merrill Kelly. Kelly went 7 2/3 innings, giving up zero runs on three hits with five strikeouts against Philadelphia.
The Nationals are 15-16 on their home turf. The Washington pitching staff averages 9.8 strikeouts per nine innings, Max Scherzer leads them with a mark of 12.3.
The Diamondbacks are 23-17 on the road. Arizona’s team on-base percentage of .317 is seventeenth in the league. Jarrod Dyson leads the team with an OBP of .353.
LAST 10 GAMES: Nationals: 7-3, .261 batting average, 3.18 ERA, outscored opponents by 25 runs
Diamondbacks: 7-3, .231 batting average, 3.07 ERA, outscored opponents by 18 runs
Nationals Injuries: Austen Williams: 10-day IL (shoulder), Justin Miller: 10-day IL (shoulder), Jeremy Hellickson: 10-day IL (shoulder), Koda Glover: 60-day IL (forearm), Ryan Zimmerman: 10-day IL (foot), Matt Adams: day-to-day (oblique).
Diamondbacks Injuries: Luke Weaver: 10-day IL (forearm), Taijuan Walker: 60-day IL (elbow), Jon Duplantier: 10-day IL (shoulder), Silvino Bracho: 60-day IL (elbow), Blake Swihart: 10-day IL (oblique), Steven Souza Jr.: 10-day IL (knee), Jake Lamb: 10-day IL (quad), Wilmer Flores: 10-day IL (foot), Alex Avila: day-to-day (calf).