Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies Matchup

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The Philadelphia Phillies are prepared to battle against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. The game gets going at 7:05 p.m. ET and the matchup will be shown on either NSP+ or MASN.

Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies Odds

Philadelphia (-145) is favored over Washington (+135) and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under for this game at 9.5 runs. Odds for betting on the game’s total now stand at -110 for both the over and the under. Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the current runline odds sitting at -160 for the Nationals +1.5 runs and +140 for the Phillies -1.5.

The Phillies are 7-3 straight up (SU) and 5-4 against the spread (ATS). The team has gained 4.8 units for moneyline bettors and 2.4 units ATS. Philadelphia has a 3-4 ATS record over its last seven games and the under has cashed in four of those seven. The Nationals are 5-5 SU and have gone 4-5 ATS. In total, the club has lost 1.9 units for moneyline bettors in this young season and 0.8 units ATS. Washington’s covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in five of those seven.

Philadelphia games have an over/under record of 5-4 so far in 2019. Washington has an over/under record of 6-3.

Right-hander Jeremy Hellickson (0-0, 9.00 ERA) will get the ball for the visiting Nationals. Hellickson started 19 games last year while finishing the season 5-3 overall with a 3.45 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.

The Phillies are rolling with righty Nick Pivetta (1-0, 6.52 ERA) as their starter. Pivetta recorded 188 strikeouts over 164 innings last year (32 starts). Pivetta finished the season 7-14 overall with a 4.77 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. He made four starts against the Nationals a year ago and compiled a 1-3 record with an 11.77 ERA and 12 strikeouts.

Philadelphia’s pitching staff has allowed 4.6 runs per game overall this year as a unit. The team’s starters have a 4.09 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 7.2 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.63 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 8.7 K/9. In seven divisional games, Phillies starters have an ERA of 4.50 and the bullpen’s ERA is 5.00.

Philadelphia’s offense has produced 6.3 runs per contest, including 4.8 per game over its last five. The team has slashed .242/.339/.424 over its last five matchups and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.

The Phillies’ batters have been led by shortstop Jean Segura and right fielder Odubel Herrera. Segura is hitting .333/.378/.452 with 14 hits, seven RBIs and 10 runs scored, and Herrera is hitting .316 with 12 hits, four RBIs and six runs scored.

In the other dugout, Washington’s pitching staff allowed 5.9 runs per game and its starters own a 4.55 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 10.99 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 8.24, along with a K-per-9 of 9.09.

The Nationals offense has slashed .250/.336/.456 on its way to 5.9 runs scored per game in 2019, including over the team’s last five outings (3-2 SU).

Third baseman Anthony Rendon and right fielder Victor Robles have led Washington’s offense. Rendon is slashing .421/.489/.895 with four home runs, 11 RBIs and 13 runs scored. Robles is hitting .324/.410/.706 with three homers, six RBIs and 10 runs scored.

The Nationals have lost 0.7 units and are 4-4 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in five of those games, compared to three that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Phillies have netted 4.8 units and are 5-4 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has hit in five of those games, compared to four that went under the total.

Nationals at Phillies MLB Tip

Predictions: SU Winner – Phillies, ATS Winner – Nationals, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • The Nationals went 11-8 SU against the Phillies in 2018.
  • The Nationals’ bullpen posted an ERA of 3.98 against the Phillies last year.
  • The Nationals have an OPS of .792 this season and an OPS of .767 against right-handed pitchers. The Phillies’ OPS stands at .841 overall and their left-right split is nearly identical.