Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies Matchup

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Anthony Rendon and the Washington Nationals will do battle against their divisional rival Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park in a Tuesday night game. The action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET and you can catch it on both NSP+ and MASN.

Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies Odds

Las Vegas has Washington (+110) as the underdog to Philadelphia (-120). You can play game’s total with current odds sitting at even money (+100) for over 7.5 runs and -120 for under 7.5. There’s a runline of Nationals +1.5 (-190) and Phillies -1.5 (+165) for this matchup.

The Nationals have gone 4-5 SU this year and are 3-5 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 0.9 units for moneyline gamblers in the season’s early going and 1.9 units ATS. The Phillies, on the other hand, are 7-2 SU and 5-3 ATS. The team’s gained 3.9 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 3.4 units ATS.

Phillies games have an over/under record of 5-3 so far in 2019. Washington has an over/under record of 6-2.

Stephen Strasburg (1-0, 2.84 ERA) is getting the start for the visiting Nationals. The right-handed Strasburg struck out 156 hitters across 130 innings last year (with only 38 walks) while finishing the season 10-7 overall with a 3.74 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. He made three starts against the Phillies in 2018 and compiled a 2-0 record against them with a 4.24 ERA and 19 strikeouts.

The Phils are turning to righty Aaron Nola (1-0, 7.00 ERA), who recorded 224 strikeouts over 212 innings last year (33 starts), while finishing the season 17-6 overall with a 2.37 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP. He made five starts against Washington a year ago and assembled a 3-1 record with a 2.14 ERA and 35 strikeouts.

Washington’s pitching staff allowed 5.9 runs per game and its starters own a 3.88 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 11.31 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 10.17, along with a K/9 of 9.12.

Nationals hitters have slashed .238/.330/.423 on their way to 5.4 runs scored per game in 2019, including over the team’s last five outings (3-2 SU).

Third baseman Anthony Rendon and left fielder Juan Soto have led Washington’s offense. Rendon is slashing .412/.500/.912 with 14 hits, nine RBIs and 12 runs scored, while Soto is hitting .265 with nine hits, five RBIs and eight runs scored.

In the other dugout, Philadelphia’s pitchers have allowed 4.0 runs per game overall this season. The team’s starters have a 3.88 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 7.6 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.73 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 8.6 K/9. In six divisional games, Phillies starters have an ERA of 4.25 and the bullpen’s ERA is 3.86.

The Philadelphia offense is putting up 6.3 runs per contest, including 5.2 per game over its last five. The team has hit .252/.354/.405 over its last five matchups and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.

Shortstop Jean Segura and first baseman Rhys Hoskins have led the Phillies’ hitters this year. Segura is hitting .342/.375/.421 with 13 hits, five RBIs and nine runs scored, and Hoskins has put up a line of .367/.513/.933 with five homers, 15 RBIs and 10 runs.

The Nationals have gained 0.3 units and are 3-4 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has cashed in five of those games, compared to two that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Phillies have netted 3.9 units and are 5-3 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in five of those games, as opposed to three that’ve cashed the under.

Nationals at Phillies MLB Pick

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

Betting Notes

  • The Nationals went 11-8 SU against the Phillies last season.
  • The Nationals’ bullpen posted an ERA of 3.98 against the Phillies last year.
  • The Nationals have an OPS of .753 this season and an OPS of .751 against right-handed pitchers. The Phillies’ OPS sits at .852 overall and their left / right split is nearly identical.