Washington Nationals vs Seattle Mariners Picks and Predictions May 26th 2024

Washington Nationals vs Seattle Mariners MLB Sun, May 26, 13:35 pm.
Washington Nationals
ML: 145
Seattle Mariners
ML: -175

Skidding Mariners in Need of Variety in Their Offense vs. Nationals

The Seattle Mariners need more offensive variety to break their losing streak as they face a potential sweep by the Washington Nationals. Can they turn it around?

For the Seattle Mariners, it’s been all or nothing with the long ball lately—and mostly nothing. They’ve hit a rough patch, suffering their season-worst fourth consecutive loss on Saturday with a 3-1 defeat to the Washington Nationals. The Nationals are looking to sweep the three-game interleague series on Sunday afternoon.

Mariners’ Offensive Struggles

Seattle’s offense is in a rut, managing just five runs over their four-game losing streak—all coming from home runs. Cal Raleigh hit a three-run homer in an 7-3 loss to the Yankees on Wednesday, followed by a 5-0 shutout on Thursday. J.P. Crawford’s leadoff homer was the only score in a 6-1 loss in the series opener at Nationals Park, and Julio Rodriguez’s solo shot in the fifth inning was all they had in Saturday’s game.

“Offensively, we’ve got to do a little bit more,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “We’re not doing anything consistently offensively and it’s been rough for us the last few days.”

Nationals’ Balanced Offense

Servais couldn’t help but admire the Nationals’ balanced approach. On Saturday, they broke a scoreless tie in the second inning with an infield single, a stolen base, a bunt single, and a sacrifice fly. After Rodriguez tied the game with his third homer of the season, the Nationals scored twice in the seventh inning to seal the win.

Nationals manager Dave Martinez praised his team’s style: “Our pitching and defense are keeping us in the ballgame, and now we’re scoring enough runs to win these games.”

Pitching Matchup for the Series Finale

The Mariners will start right-hander Bryan Woo (2-0, 0.57 ERA), who has been lights out since returning from the injured list. He pitched six scoreless innings against the Yankees on Tuesday, allowing just two hits and striking out seven. Woo aims to keep up his stellar performance.

The Nationals will counter with lefty Patrick Corbin (1-5, 6.29 ERA), coming off his worst start of the season where he gave up eight runs on nine hits over six innings in a 10-0 loss to Minnesota on Tuesday. However, he’s historically fared well against the Mariners, boasting a 2-0 record with a 0.69 ERA in two starts.

Game Dynamics and Expectations

As the Mariners seek to avoid a sweep and snap their losing streak, diversifying their offensive strategy will be key. The Nationals, with their balanced approach, will look to exploit the Mariners’ struggles and secure the series win.


The Seattle Mariners need to mix up their offensive playbook to break their four-game losing streak as they face the Washington Nationals in the series finale. With Bryan Woo’s strong pitching and a focus on varied offensive tactics, the Mariners aim to avoid a sweep and turn their fortunes around.

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Sun, May 26, 09:35 am.
Washington Nationals
O 9
Seattle Mariners
U 9
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