Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies Matchup

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The Washington Nationals will be facing off against their divisional rival Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:35 p.m. ET and Mid-Atlantic Sports Network will be televising the matchup.

Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies Odds

Philadelphia (+100) is coming into this one as the underdog to Washington (-110) and oddsmakers have the Over/Under for this game at 9 runs. The odds for wagering on the games total stand at -115 for the over and -105 for the under. You can also bet on the games runline with the most recent odds standing at +135 for the Nationals -1.5 runs and -155 for the Phillies +1.5.

The Nationals have gone 42-39 SU this year and are 40-40 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 11.2 units for gamblers taking the moneyline and 1.9 units ATS. The Phillies, on the other hand, are 44-37 SU and 34-46 ATS. They’ve gained 6.4 units for bettors taking the moneyline while gaining 19.6 units ATS.

Philadelphia games have an over/under record of 37-39-4 so far in 2018. The Nationals have been a good under bet with a total record of 32-46-2.

Gio Gonzalez will get the start for Washington. The southpaw Gonzalez (6-5, 3.68 ERA) has recorded 82 strikeouts in 85.2 innings so far. He’s 1-0 with five strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA against Philadelphia this year.

The Phillies are putting the ball in the hands of righty Jake Arrieta (5-6, 3.54 ERA), who’s got 59 strikeouts and 27 walks to his name, as well as a 1.27 WHIP. Arrieta is 0-0 with two strikeouts and a 1.50 ERA in one start against Washington this year.

As a unit, Philadelphia’s pitching staff has allowed 4.3 runs per game overall in 2018. The clubs starters have a 3.84 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 9.1 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.33 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 9.6 K/9. In 31 games against NL East opponents, Phillies starters have an ERA of 3.74 and the bullpens ERA is 4.66.

Philadelphia’s offense has produced 4.4 runs per contest, including 4.2 per game against divisional foes and 3.4 per game over its last five. The teams hit .253/.322/.456 over its last five contests and is 3-2 SU during that span.

Outfielder Odubel Herrera and second baseman Cesar Hernandez have led the Phillies offense this year. Herrera is hitting .286/.340/.481 with 14 home runs, 46 RBIs and 42 runs scored, while Hernandez’s line is .271/.378/.394 with eight homers, 27 RBIs, 57 runs and 12 stolen bases.

For the visitors, Washington’s pitching staff allowed 3.9 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.58 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 9.55 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.86, along with a WHIP of 1.18 and a K-per-9 of 8.89.

Nationals hitters have slashed .240/.320/.400 on their way to 4.3 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.5 runs per game against divisional foes and 4.4 per game over the teams last five contests (1-4 SU).

Shortstop Trea Turner and third baseman Anthony Rendon have paced Washington’s hitters. The speedy Turner is slashing .270/.354/.410 with nine home runs, 29 RBIs, 47 runs and 22 steals, while Rendon (.292/.356/.530) is up to 11 homers, 35 RBIs and 34 runs scored.

The Nationals have gained 3.5 units and are 31-25 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has hit in 23 of those games, compared to 32 that’ve gone under against righty starters. On the other hand, the Phillies have lost 0.1 units and are 8-12 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in 10 of those games, compared to nine which went under the total.

Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies Prediction

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

Betting Notes

  • The under has cashed in three of Washington’s last seven games.
  • The Phillies have won three of their last four games SU.
  • Philadelphia has posted 21.8 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 19.4 over its last five.
  • The Nationals have hit 11 home runs in their last 10 games, including eight over their last five.