Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals Betting Preview

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The Washington Nationals will play host to their NL East foe Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park. The matchup will get going at 4:05 p.m. ET and fans can tune in to Mid-Atlantic Sports Network to catch the game.

Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals Odds

Washington (+105) is coming into this one as the underdog to Philadelphia (-115) and Vegas has the Over/Under for this afternoon game at 8 runs. The odds for betting on the games total stand at +100 for the over and -120 for the under. Bettors can also wager on the games spread with the current runline odds standing at Phillies -1.5 runs (+130) and Nationals +1.5 runs (-150).

The Nationals are 40-34 straight up (SU) and 37-36 against the spread (ATS). The team has lost 6.5 units for moneyline bettors and 0.6 units (ATS). The Phillies have gone 40-33 SU this year and are 31-41 ATS. In total, the teams gained 5.7 units for gamblers taking the moneyline, but have lost 15.9 units ATS.

Nationals games have an over/under record of 28-43-2 so far in 2018. Phillies games have gone over 34 times, gone under 34 times and pushed on four occasions.

The right-handed Aaron Nola is getting the nod for Philadelphia. Nola is 8-2 with a 2.55 ERA and 94 strikeouts. This is his first start against Washington this year. He did make four starts against the Nationals in 2017, putting together a 1-1 record against them with a 3.22 ERA and 30 strikeouts.

The Nationals are handing the ball to righty Erick Fedde (0-2, 5.63 ERA), who has 13 strikeouts and four walks, as well as a 1.44 WHIP. Fedde did not record a start against the Phillies in 2017.

Washington’s pitchers have given up 3.7 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. Its starters have an ERA of 3.39, a WHIP of 1.13 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 9.8. The bullpen has a 3.77 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 9.0 K/9. In 23 games against NL East opponents, Nationals starters have an ERA of 3.82 and the bullpens ERA is 4.93.

The Washington offense is putting up 4.2 runs per outing, including 4.0 per game against divisional foes and 3.4 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .261/.339/.398 over its last five matchups and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

Trea Turner has helped lead the Nationals offense this season with eight home runs, 26 RBIs, 40 runs and 20 stolen bases.

In the other dugout, Philadelphia’s pitching staff allowed 4.2 runs per game and its starters own a 3.82 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 9.10 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.06, along with a K/9 of 9.58.

The Phillies offense has slashed .236/.322/.394 on its way to 4.4 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.1 runs per game against divisional foes and 7.6 per game over the teams last five outings (4-1 SU).

Odubel Herrera has sparked Philadelphia’s offense so far and is slashing .308/.362/.507 with 13 home runs, 43 RBIs and 39 runs scored.

The Phillies are coming off a 12-2 victory in the prior game of this series.

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals Pick

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

Betting Notes

  • The over has hit in three of Washington’s last seven games.
  • The Phillies have hit 19 home runs in their last 10 games, including 11 over their last five.
  • The Philadelphia defense has allowed seven errors over the last 10 games, compared to two errors for Washington over its last 10.
  • The Phillies have won five of their last six games SU.