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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!

Key Stat

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.
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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

Nationals vs. Cardinals Betting Odds, MLB Baseball Picks

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Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Betting Odds

By Mike Rose

Don’t look now, but the St. Louis Cardinals are only five games back in the NL Central pennant chase and only sit two games out in the NL Wildcard race. The team has done a complete 180 under the watch of interim manager Mike Shildt winning 17 of 26 games to go from one game over .500 to nine games ahead of a breakeven pace. That’s a position the Washington Nationals wish they were in with the club underachieving in a huge way a second straight season.

Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Date and Time: Thursday, August 16, 2018, 7:15 p.m. ET
Location: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO
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Probable Pitchers: Tanner Roark vs. Jack Flaherty
Nationals vs. Cardinals TV Coverage: MLB Network

Six games out in the wildcard race, this is a make or break series for Bryce Harper and the Nats. If losing to the Cubs on a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth wasn’t enough to make you sick, dropping the opener of this series in St. Louis after giving up five runs the last two innings should do the trick. Washington was on life support as it was. The loss might just have been the straw that broke the camel’s back.

Winning the NL East looks nothing but a pipe dream now that they’re seven games off the pace of the Atlanta Braves, and they also need to chase down the Phillies for the Wildcard. Good luck with that. Monday night’s heartbreaking loss dropped the Nationals a game below .500 on the road where they’ve cost baseball bettors over $600 to date. It also moved them to 1-3 their last four visits to the Show Me State.

What a difference a change of scenery makes. Giving Matheny the axe, benching unproductive veterans and shipping another out has done wonders for the franchise. Still, the Redbirds face a steep uphill climb to get back into the NL Central pennant race, so at best, they’re likely looking at a one game playoff should they actually see the comeback all the way through and get into the second season.

Monday’s comeback win moved the team to a season-high nine games over .500. In doing so, they clawed to within five games of front running Chicago and within two games of the Brewers and Phillies for the Wildcard. Regardless of how the rest of the season turns out, you have to imagine Shildt has caught the attention of upper management to at some point return “interim” from his job title.

Player to Watch

Matt Carpenter –The veteran is one of the main reasons for the Redbirds turnaround. While his bat was silent the first couple months of the season, it’s been red hot over the last 10 weeks. He entered this series with a .280 average and 68 RBI. Most impressive are his 30 freaking 3 home runs! Over St. Louis’s last 10 games, the utility man has gone yard seven times. Seven times! He launched a three run bomb in Monday’s series opener to begin the late inning comeback. We’ll see just how locked in he is at the moment with the lefty just 1-for-6 with a K and two walks against Tanner Roark lifetime.
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Speaking of Roark, he’s 1-2 with a 6.00 ERA, 1.87 WHIP and .323 BAA through three career starts against the Cardinals. It gets even uglier at Busch Stadium where he’s 0-2 through a pair of career starts with a 7.88 ERA and .308 BAA. I don’t foresee it getting any prettier in this outing. On the flipside, Jack Flaherty has been pitching out of his mind over his last two turns. He tossed six innings of shutout ball at the Pirates in PNC, and then followed it up with seven innings of 2 ER ball allowed at the Royals in Kansas City. St. Louis has split his eight home starts where he’s the owner of a 3.53 ERA and 1.11 WHIP through 43.1 innings. This will be the first time Washington will have seen his stuff, and that bodes tremendously well for the rookie pitcher. The Nats are cooked. Look for the Redbirds to put the form in ‘em tonight!

MLB Pick: Bet the Cardinals at BookMaker.eu

MLB Score Prediction: St. Louis 8 – Washington 2