Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies Betting Preview

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The ice-cold Philadelphia Phillies are trying to avoid losing their fifth in a row as they play host to the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET and Mid-Atlantic Sports Network is in line to broadcast the action.

Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies Odds

Philadelphia (-135) is hosting this one as the favorite over Washington (+125) and Vegas has the Over/Under for this game at 7.5 runs (+100 for the over and -120 for the under). Bettors can also wager on the game’s runline with the odds coming in at Nationals +1.5 runs (-170) and Phillies -1.5 runs (+150).

The Phillies are 74-70 straight up (SU) and 67-75 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 2.2 units for moneyline bettors while gaining 17.9 units (ATS). The Nationals are 73-72 SU and have gone 65-78 ATS. Overall, the team’s lost 26.3 units for gamblers taking the moneyline and 16.4 units ATS.

Phillies games have an over/under record of 63-73-6 in 2018. The Nationals have also been a decent under bet with a total record of 66-74-3.

Stephen Strasburg is getting the nod for the Nationals. The right-handed Strasburg is 7-7 with a 4.04 ERA and 124 strikeouts. He’s 1-0 with 10 strikeouts and a 6.30 ERA against Philadelphia this year (two starts).

The Phillies are going with righty Aaron Nola (16-4, 2.29 ERA), who has 196 strikeouts and 50 walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 0.96. Nola is 3-0 with 30 strikeouts and a 1.26 ERA across four starts against Washington this year.

As a unit, Philadelphia’s pitchers have given up 4.4 runs per game overall this season. The club’s starters have a 3.96 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 9.0 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.98 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 9.2 K/9. In 62 divisional games, Phillies starters have an ERA of 3.96 and the bullpen’s ERA is 4.53.

The Philadelphia offense is putting up 4.3 runs per contest, including 4.1 per game against divisional foes and 4.0 per game over its last five. The team’s hit .267/.351/.436 over its last five contests and is 1-4 SU during that span.

The Phillies’ batters have been led by Cesar Hernandez, who is hitting .258/.363/.358 with 11 home runs, 49 RBIs, 83 runs and 18 stolen bases.

For the visitors, Washington’s pitchers have allowed 4.2 runs per game and its starters own a 4.06 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 8.94 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.92, along with a WHIP of 1.24 and a K/9 of 8.56.

The Nationals offense has slashed .252/.333/.415 on its way to 4.7 runs scored per game in 2018, including 5.3 runs per game against divisional foes and 6.0 per game over the team’s last five contests (4-1 SU).

Trea Turner has led Washington’s offense and is slashing .267/.339/.406 with 17 home runs, 62 RBIs, 89 runs and 37 stolen bases.

The Nationals are looking for another win after a 7-6 victory in the prior game of the series.

Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies Free MLB Tip

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

Betting Trends

  • The under has cashed in just one of Washington’s last seven games.
  • The Nationals have hit 10 home runs in their last 10 games, including six over their last five.
  • Washington has recorded 23.7 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 22.0 over its last five.
  • The Phillies have lost five of their last six games SU.