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MLB Predictions: Will Nationals vs. Diamondbacks be high-scoring? 7/23/17

MLB Predictions: Will Nationals vs. Diamondbacks be high-scoring? 7/23/17

With Stephen Strasburg set to face Robbie Ray in the pitching matchup, the over/under now sits at 8.5 runs.

Washington right-hander Stephen Strasburg left his start Sunday against the Arizona Diamondbacks after two innings because he wasn't able to get loose, the Nationals announced. He was spotted with trainers in the tunnel who were looking at his pitching elbow and told reporters he had "achiness" in his forearm, per the Associated Press. The All-Star break kind of messed up it for me throwing-wise and treatment-wise. "It's taking me a while to get back into the swing of things". "Especially the last two, I really felt it".

The Arizona Diamondbacks didn't get off to a great start Sunday.

From there, various ailments have limited the starting pitcher to just one season of more than 200 innings, only twice reaching 30 starts.

"It's not really like intense pain in a specific area", he said. Per Nats manager Dusty Baker, Strasburg just couldn't get loose, so the move was precautionary.

Strasburg's velocity was fine, but his command was a bit off; he walked three of the first nine batters he faced. "We'll analyze it when we get back home and hopefully we'll have an answer on Tuesday". Strasburg was seemingly rolling along in the second inning.

"Obviously it's pitch execution", manager Torey Lovullo said of Ray's struggles in the first inning. "They came out and just caught us with a quick punch and staggered us".

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NOTES: Nationals RF Bryce Harper ran his hitting streak to 16 games with a single in the first inning. Joe Blanton picked up the win for Washington.

The Nationals were leading 5-0 at the time he was removed from the game. Washington rookie Adrian Sanchez grounded into a force play with the bases loaded for his first career RBI.

Arizona starter Robbie Ray yielded four runs in the first, highlighted by Washington's Brian Goodwin's leadoff home run to centerfield.

Difo and Harper singled and Ryan Zimmerman's sacrifice fly made it 2-0. He rebounded with an overpowering effort at Cincinnati on Monday, striking out 11 while yielding one run and four hits in seven innings.

Arizona shortstop Chris Owings' throwing error led to another run in the third.

RelieverEnny Romero also had to leave today's game, plagued by back spasms during the seventh inning.

Arizona finished just 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position.


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