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The Washington Nationals will welcome the Philadelphia Phillies to Nationals Park in Game 1 of a divisional doubleheader. NBC Sports Philadelphia will be airing the matchup and the game gets underway at 1:05 p.m. ET.

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals Odds

The Phillies are 39-32 SU and have gone 36-35 against the spread (ATS). They’ve accumulated 2.2 units for moneyline gamblers and 0.2 units ATS. The Nationals, on the other hand, are 33-38 SU and 35-36 ATS. The team’s lost 16.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 3.4 units ATS.

Washington games have an over/under record of 37-29-5 so far in 2019. The Phillies have an over/under record of 34-35-2.

The right-handed Zach Eflin is projected to start for the visiting Phillies. Eflin (6-6, 2.81 ERA) has racked up 66 punchouts in 80 innings so far. He’s 2-0 with 14 strikeouts and a 0.75 ERA against Washington this year (two starts).

The Nationals will send lefty Patrick Corbin (5-5, 4.11 ERA) to the mound. Corbin has 94 strikeouts and 29 walks as well as a WHIP of 1.22. Corbin is 0-0 with six strikeouts and a 4.50 ERA in one start against Philadelphia this year.

Philadelphia’s pitching staff allowed 4.8 runs per game and its starters own a 4.43 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 8.17 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 4.62, along with a WHIP of 1.35 and a K/9 of 9.31.

Phillies hitters have slashed .243/.324/.418 on their way to 4.9 runs scored per game this season, including 5.6 runs per game against divisional foes and 4.4 per game over the team’s last five contests (2-3 SU).

First baseman Rhys Hoskins and shortstop Jean Segura continue to lead Philadelphia’s offense. Hoskins is hitting .271/.395/.522 with 15 home runs, 49 RBIs and 38 runs scored, while Segura has a .275 average with six homers, 27 RBIs and 42 runs scored.

For the home team, Washington’s pitchers have allowed 4.9 runs per game overall this year. Its starting pitching staff has an ERA of 3.90, a WHIP of 1.23 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 9.8. The bullpen has a 6.27 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 9.3 K/9. In 30 games against divisional foes, Nationals starters have an ERA of 3.34 and the bullpen’s ERA is 8.26.

The Washington hitters are putting up 5.0 runs per outing, including 5.7 per game against divisional foes and 6.0 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .271/.335/.482 over its last five games and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

The Nationals’ offense has been led by outfielder Adam Eaton and third baseman Anthony Rendon. Eaton is slashing .280/.365/.398 with six home runs, 19 RBIs and 41 runs scored, while Rendon’s line is .321/.415/.660 with 16 homers, 50 RBIs and 52 runs.

The Nationals have lost 9.7 units and are 26-26 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over’s hit in 27 of those games, compared to 23 that’ve gone under.

Phillies vs. Nationals MLB Tip

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

Betting Notes

  • The over has hit in five of Washington’s last seven games.
  • Philadelphia has recorded 20.6 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 19.6 over its last five.
  • The Phillies have hit 13 home runs in their last 10 games. The Nationals have hit 18 over their last 10.
  • The Phillies have an OPS of .742 this season and an OPS of .772 against left-handed pitchers. The Nationals’ OPS sits at .760 overall and .844 against southpaws.