Washington Nationals vs Seattle Mariners Picks and Predictions May 24th 2024

Washington Nationals vs Seattle Mariners MLB Fri, May 24, 18:45 pm.
Washington Nationals
ML: 110
Seattle Mariners
ML: -130

Slumping Julio Rodriguez, Mariners Open Series at Nationals


The Seattle Mariners made a splash Thursday at Yankee Arena by dropping Julio Rodriguez down the setup interestingly this season. Director Scott Servais made plans for Rodriguez at the 6th spot rather than his typical top two spaces. Be that as it may, the move didn’t yield quick outcomes, as Rodriguez went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Seattle’s 5-0 misfortune. Rodriguez and the Mariners are expecting improved results as they start off a three-game interleague series against the Washington Nationals on Friday.

Mariners’ Lineup Changes and Rodriguez’s Struggles

Lineup Adjustment

Manager Scott Servais made a strategic lineup change to ease the pressure on Julio Rodriguez, who has been a pivotal player for the Mariners. “Somebody threw the lineup construction question at me (Wednesday) and I said, ‘When you’re putting lineups together, you want to get your guys that are going best near the top of the lineup,'” Servais explained. Despite the adjustment, Rodriguez went hitless in four at-bats against the Yankees.

Rodriguez’s Response

Rodriguez accepted the decision with grace, recognizing the necessity of the change. “He just said (Thursday) I’m going to put you lower in the lineup and I’m going to switch it around a little bit,” Rodriguez said. In 51 games this season, Rodriguez is batting .257 with two home runs and 14 RBIs, striking out 62 times in 214 plate appearances.

Focus on Timing

Servais identified timing as Rodriguez’s main issue. “You’re way better off if you’re early to get into the hitting position than if you’re late,” Servais noted. Rodriguez acknowledged the challenge and remains determined to improve. “I feel good. I feel healthy. And if the results are not there, I’m not going to get scared. I’m going to keep working at it and keep trying to get better and keep helping this team win.”

Mariners’ Season Overview

Current Standings

Despite the lack of production from their All-Star center fielder, the Mariners sit in first place in the American League West. This success underscores the team’s resilience and depth, even as they tweak their lineup to enhance performance.
Nationals’ Recent Performance
Struggles and Highlights

The Nationals, who had Thursday off, have lost seven of their last eight games, slipping below .500 and into third place in the National League East. They’ve been shut out in three of those games, with their only win being a 12-3 victory against the Minnesota Twins on Monday. “It’s baseball,” Nationals outfielder Jacob Young said. “Some days you’re squaring balls up and some days you’re not. Sometimes you run into a buzzsaw with a guy throwing a good game. It happens.”
Pitching Matchup: Kirby vs. Gore
George Kirby (Mariners)

  • Season Performance: Kirby (4-4, 3.99 ERA) will take the mound for the Mariners. He has been a reliable presence in the rotation and aims to secure a win in the series opener.
  • Career Stats Against Nationals: Kirby is 0-0 with a 1.29 ERA in one previous start against Washington.

Mackenzie Gore (Nationals)

  • Season Performance: Gore (2-4, 3.30 ERA) will face the Mariners for the first time. He has been solid this season and will look to continue his form against Seattle.


As the Mariners and Nationals face off in this interleague series, all eyes will be on Julio Rodriguez as he seeks to regain his form and help Seattle maintain their lead in the AL West. Meanwhile, the Nationals will look to bounce back from their recent struggles and find consistency at the plate. With George Kirby and Mackenzie Gore set to pitch, fans can expect an intriguing matchup in the series opener.

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Fri, May 24, 15:05 pm.
Washington Nationals
O 8
Seattle Mariners
U 8
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