Phillies vs. Nationals Baseball Betting Odds
By Mike Rose
Seven games out in the NL East and 6.5 out in the NL Wildcard chase, it’s do or die time for the Washington Nationals who entered this crucial series with the Philadelphia Phillies a game under .500 for the season. As for the Phillies, they’re currently in better shape than tonight’s opponent but have hit a rough patch recently. However, Gabe Kapler’s squad has held the upper hand in the 2018 rivalry taking six of the 10 overall meetings which includes splitting the six games played in DC.
Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals
Date and Time: Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 7:05 p.m. ET
Location: Nationals Park, Washington, DC
MLB Odds: Check Back Later
Probable Pitchers: Zach Eflin vs. Stephen Strasburg
Phillies vs. Nationals TV Coverage: MLB Network
That two game series with Boston was enough to take the bite out of the Phillies who fell flat on their faces over the weekend in New York where they dropped three of five to the Mets. That’s simply inexcusable for a team in the thick of both the pennant and Wildcard chases with only five weeks remaining in the regular season.
Since sweeping the Marlins in an extended four game series at the beginning of August, Philadelphia has yet to win a series since losing two of three to both Arizona and San Diego, splitting with Boston and most recently stinking the joint out at Citi Field where they got bludgeoned 24-4 in the series opener. This series is a huge test for a Phillies squad that’s gotten the job done at home ( 41-22 ), but been taken advantage of on the road ( 27-34 ).
Would someone please put the Nats out of their misery already? After dropping back-to-back series on the road to the Cubs and Cardinals, you would’ve thought they’d take care of business back home against last place Miami. In true Nationals fashion, they went on to drop two of three and cost those that backed them on the baseball odds a pretty penny in the process ( -$310 ). Thankfully they won the opener as -354 chalk!
Either way, time is running out for Bryce Harper and company to make a run at a playoff spot with only 37 games left on the regular season docket. As many injuries as the pitching staff has recently incurred, it would be quite the feat if they were to pull it off. The odds of them doing so are incredibly long right now evidenced by the +1600 payoff to win the NL East. You’re likely better off taking a Bic to any funds you plan to drop on that Lotto ticket!
4.5 –This is the amount of runs the Nationals have scored against teams currently in the playoffs over the last 11 games. A decent output no doubt, but when you take away the 9, 8, 6, and 6 run outbursts, you’re left with an average of just 2.9 runs per game. Not so good is it? With the starting rotation and back end of the bullpen in tatters, it comes as no surprise that Washington can only slug its way to victories right now. That is unless Mad Max is toeing the bump which isn’t the case in this one. They got to Eflin for six hits and 2 ER in the five innings he threw at them back on June 22 in his lone career start against them.
Phillies vs. Nationals Picks
Tonight will mark the return of Stephen Strasburg who has unsurprisingly been out of commission for the last month. The righty can never stay healthy, but when he is, he’s one of the best pitchers in baseball. Entering his 15th start of the year, Strasburg stands 6-7 with a 3.90 ERA and .239 BAA. Washington has only won two of his eight made home starts where he owns a 2-5 personal record and ludicrous 5.21 ERA.
He’s only tossed bullpen sessions and simulated games while on the DL, so it remains to be seen just how effective he’ll be in his return to the starting bump. My guess is he’ll be alright, but once he departs, the Phillies will have their way with the Nats horrid bullpen en route to driving another nail into their division rival’s coffin.
MLB Pick: Bet the Phillies at BookMaker.eu
MLB Score Prediction: Philadelphia 5 – Washington 3