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The Philadelphia Phillies will be squaring off against their divisional rival Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. The matchup is going to be televised across the country on ESPN and the game gets underway 8:08 p.m. ET.

Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals Odds

Washington (-120) is hosting this one as the favorite over Philadelphia (+110) and oddsmakers have the Over/Under for this night game at 9 runs (-125 for the under and +105 for the over). Bettors can also wager on the games runline with the current odds sitting at -190 for the Phillies +1.5 runs and +165 for the Nationals -1.5.

The Nationals are 40-35 straight up (SU) and 37-37 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 8.2 units for moneyline bettors and 1.6 units (ATS). The Phillies, on the other hand, have gone 41-33 SU this year and are 32-41 ATS. In total, the teams accumulated 7.2 units for bettors taking the moneyline, but have lost 14.9 units ATS.

Nationals games have an over/under record of 29-43-2 so far in 2018. The Phillies have an over/under record of 35-34-4.

The right-handed Nick Pivetta is getting the start for the visiting Phillies. Pivetta (4-6, 4.08 ERA) has racked up 94 strikeouts in 79.1 innings so far. He’s 0-1 with a 54.00 ERA against Washington this year.

The Nationals are sending Jefry Rodriguez (0-0, 4.66 ERA) to the mound. Rodriguez has nine strikeouts and five walks to his name, as well as a 1.34 WHIP. Rodriguez hasn’t faced the Phillies yet this year and did not pitch in the majors in 2017.

As a unit, Washington’s pitching staff has yielded 3.7 runs per game overall this year. Its starting pitching staff has a 3.40 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 9.7 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.80 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 9.0 K/9. In 24 games against NL East opponents, Nationals starters have an ERA of 3.85 and the bullpens ERA is 4.97.

Washington’s hitters are putting up 4.2 runs per outing, including 4.0 per game against divisional foes and 3.6 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .256/.331/.406 over its last five contests and is 2-3 SU during that span.

The Nationals offense has been led by shortstop Trea Turner and third baseman Anthony Rendon. Turner is hitting .264/.347/.398 with eight home runs, 26 RBIs, 40 runs and 20 steals, while Rendon’s line sits at .286/.357/.490 with eight homers, 29 RBIs and 29 runs.

For the visitors, Philadelphia’s pitchers have allowed 4.2 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.81 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 9.08 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 4.05, along with a K/9 of 9.54.

The Phillies offense has slashed .237/.323/.395 on its way to 4.4 runs scored per game this season, including 4.1 runs per game against divisional foes and 6.6 per game over the teams last five contests (4-1 SU).

Outfielder Odubel Herrera and second baseman Cesar Hernandez continue to lead Philadelphia’s offense. Herrera is slashing .304/.357/.500 with 13 home runs, 43 RBIs and 39 runs scored, while Hernandez (.268/.376/.394) is up to eight homers, 27 RBIs, 53 runs and 11 steals.

The Nationals have gained 5.5 units and are 28-23 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in 21 of those games, compared to 29 that’ve gone under against righty starters.

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals Free Prediction

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

Betting Notes

  • The over has cashed in five of Philadelphia’s last seven outings.
  • The Phillies have won six of their last seven games SU while the Nationals have lost three of their last four.
  • Washington has posted 20.4 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 20.0 over its last five.
  • The Phillies have hit 19 home runs in their last 10 games. The Nationals have hit five over their last 10.