Nationals host the Mariners to start 2-game series
Seattle Mariners (45-42, second in the AL West) vs. Washington Nationals (30-58, fifth in the NL East)
Washington; Wednesday, 12:05 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Mariners: Chris Flexen (5-8, 4.00 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 66 strikeouts); Nationals: Josiah Gray (7-5, 4.14 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 99 strikeouts)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Nationals -120, Mariners +100; over/under is 9 runs
BOTTOM LINE: The Washington Nationals start a two-game series at home against the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday.
Washington has a 14-31 record at home and a 30-58 record overall. Nationals hitters are batting a collective .248, the 10th-best team batting average in MLB play.
Seattle has a 21-22 record in road games and a 45-42 record overall. The Mariners are 32-6 in games when they scored at least five runs.
Wednesday’s game is the first time these teams match up this season.
TOP PERFORMERS: Juan Soto has 16 doubles and 17 home runs for the Nationals. Josh Bell is 8-for-40 with four doubles and a home run over the last 10 games.
J.P. Crawford has 16 doubles, two triples, five home runs and 24 RBI while hitting .266 for the Mariners. Carlos Santana is 11-for-34 with a double and three home runs over the past 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Nationals: 1-9, .200 batting average, 5.60 ERA, outscored by 33 runs
Mariners: 9-1, .244 batting average, 2.35 ERA, outscored opponents by 22 runs
INJURIES: Nationals: Jackson Tetreault: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Reed Garrett: 15-Day IL (biceps), Carter Kieboom: 60-Day IL (forearm), Evan Lee: 15-Day IL (flexor), Stephen Strasburg: 15-Day IL (ribs), Victor Arano: 15-Day IL (knee), Josh Rogers: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Sean Doolittle: 60-Day IL (elbow), Anibal Sanchez: 60-Day IL (neck), Will Harris: 60-Day IL (pectoral), Seth Romero: 60-Day IL (calf), Joe Ross: 60-Day IL (elbow)
Mariners: Ken Giles: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Tom Murphy: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Taylor Trammell: 10-Day IL (hamstring), Evan White: 60-Day IL (hernia), Mitch Haniger: 60-Day IL (ankle), Kyle Lewis: 7-Day IL (concussion), Casey Sadler: 60-Day IL (shoulder)