Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies Betting Preview

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The Washington Nationals are making a road trip to Citizens Bank Park to do battle against their division foe Philadelphia Phillies. Mid-Atlantic Sports Network is in line to televise the matchup and the game will get going at 7:05 p.m. ET.

Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies Odds

The Nationals have gone 65-66 SU this year and are 61-69 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 27.1 units for moneyline gamblers and 10.5 units ATS. The Phillies, on the other hand, are 70-60 SU and 63-66 ATS. The team has gained 6.8 units for bettors taking the moneyline while gaining 12.1 units ATS.

Philadelphia games have had an over/under record of 56-68-5 in 2018. Washington has also been a decent under bet with a total record of 56-71-3.

Right-hander Stephen Strasburg will get the nod for the visiting Nationals. Strasburg (6-7, 4.23 ERA) has racked up 106 strikeouts in 89.1 innings so far. He’s 0-0 with five strikeouts and an 11.25 ERA against Philadelphia this year.

The Phillies will turn to righty Zach Eflin (9-4, 3.93 ERA), who has 93 strikeouts and 24 walks as well as a WHIP of 1.21. Eflin is 1-0 with seven strikeouts and a 6.48 ERA across two starts against Washington this year.

As a unit, Philadelphia’s pitching staff has given up 4.3 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starters have a 3.80 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 8.8 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.09 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 9.3 K/9. In 51 games against NL East opponents, Phillies starters have an ERA of 3.57 and the bullpen’s ERA is 4.91.

Philadelphia’s hitters have put up 4.3 runs per contest, including 4.1 per game against divisional foes and 5.0 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .288/.351/.503 over its last five contests and is 2-3 SU during that span.

Second baseman Cesar Hernandez and right fielder Odubel Herrera have led the Phillies’ hitters this year. Hernandez is slashing .259/.366/.365 with 11 home runs, 40 RBIs, 81 runs and 16 steals, and Herrera’s line sits at .268/.323/.443 with 20 homers, 64 RBIs and 56 runs scored.

For the visiting squad, Washington’s pitchers have allowed 4.1 runs per game and its starters own a 3.87 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 8.86 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 3.91, along with a K/9 of 8.60.

Nationals hitters have slashed .252/.330/.415 on their way to 4.6 runs scored per game in 2018, including 5.3 runs per game against divisional foes and 4.6 per game over the team’s last five contests (2-3 SU).

Washington’s hitters have been paced by shortstop Trea Turner and third baseman Anthony Rendon. The speedy Turner is slashing .269/.338/.409 with 15 home runs, 52 RBIs, 80 runs and 33 stolen bases, while Rendon (.295/.354/.496) is up to 16 homers, 62 RBIs and 60 runs scored.

Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies Free MLB Tip

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

Betting Trends

  • Washington has tallied 16 extra-base hits over its last five outings. Philadelphia has 20 XBH over its last five.
  • Washington has recorded 24.4 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 23.0 over its last five.
  • The Nationals have hit 11 home runs in their last 10 games. The Phillies have hit 13 over their last 10.