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Max Scherzer can take Washington to a victory over the Yankees
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New York go to Washington for a big MLB clash tonight - Ben Steele has views on that match and two more from tonight's baseball lineup...

"Arizona will be missing star hitter A.J. Pollock after he picked up an injury last night and Paul Goldschmidt is in the midst of a major batting slump but the D-backs shouldn't need to score heavily to take the win."

Back Arizona Diamondbacks to win at evens

A quarter of the way through the baseball season and the cream is starting to rise to the top. The Red Sox, Yankees and Astros are fighting it out for supremacy in a top-heavy American League but it is the National League, in which 11 of the 15 teams in the League hold a winning record, where the battle could be really fierce.

Arizona can seal series win

Brewers @ Diamondbacks
Wednesday, 20:40 BST
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Arizona's Matt Koch will be looking for some respite as he tries to secure the Diamondbacks a series win over Milwaukee. In his last three starts Koch has faced off against three of the best pitchers in the game - Clayton Kershaw, Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer - and come away with credit, but no wins, from each game. Tonight's opponent, Brandon Woodruff, is certainly not of the same calibre and he struggled in his return to the rotation last time up, giving up nine hits and seven runs in just three innings of work. A couple of positives for Woodruff: Arizona will be missing star hitter A.J. Pollock after he picked up an injury last night and Paul Goldschmidt is in the midst of a major batting slump but the D-backs shouldn't need to score heavily to take the win.

Big score expected in SF

Reds @ Giants
Wednesday, 20:45 BST

Hampered by a number of injured pitchers, the Giants have been a mixed bag this season, seeming to be just as capable of going on a winning streak as they are of losing a string of games. Fortunately for the home fans tonight San Fran haven't really been troubled in their two other games against Cincinnati, scoring 15 runs in the process, and are looking for a series sweep. Unless we see dramatic changes the Reds certainly aren't a team who will be troubling the playoffs this season and, like their opponents, the main problem is a pitching staff that has consistently leaked runs so I expect tonight to be high scoring.

Washington to edge NY in high-scoring encounter

Yankees @ Nationals
Thursday 00:05 BST
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A rare trip to the capital for New York has put the spotlight more on whether Nationals star Bryce Harper will be playing in the famous Yankee pinstripes next season than the actual games. However, with CC Sabathia and Max Scherzer taking the mound this game should shut that talk down for at least a couple of hours. Nationals pitcher Scherzer has been at his dominant best this season and his 7-1 record is the best in baseball; a powerful, strikeout pitcher who will need to be at his best when he faces the formidable Yankees hitters. While Harper is tied for the lead in the home run race, with 13, New York have an impressive four sluggers with 10 or more homers this season. Both Scherzer and Sabathia boast ERAs well below the league average but with the amount of power hitters on display tonight I can't see a low scoring affair, Washington should just edge it.

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