Nationals vs. Phillies Prediction
After blanking the Phillies 4-0 on Monday night, will the Nationals beat their NL East rivals again tonight at 7:05PM ET?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Nationals are -235 money line favorites versus the Phillies, who have odds of +195 to pull off the upset tonight at home. With Max Scherzer set to face Jerad Eickhoff in the pitching matchup, the over/under currently sits at 8 runs.
WASHINGTON: Scherzer struck out 10 over eight scoreless innings in a win over the Nationals last Thursday. He allowed just two hits on the night without walking a batter. It was the 11th time in 27 starts that he's recorded double-digit strikeouts this season and is now 14-7 with a 2.92 ERA, a 0.93 WHIP and a 227/44 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 2016.
PHILADELPHIA: Eickhoff allowed two runs in six innings on Wednesday in a victory over the White Sox, as the Phillies improved to 4-0 in the month of August when the 26-year-old pitches. He threw just 71 pitches in the outing, allowing four hits while striking out two and walking none. He's 9-12 on the year with a 3.87 ERA.
OUR PICK: Following their 4-0 win on Monday night the Nationals are now 7-0 in their last seven games versus the Phillies. They're also 12-2 in their last 14 games in Philadelphia, are 4-0 in Scherzer's last four road starts versus the Phillies, and are 6-1 in his last seven starts overall versus Philly. The Nationals have also won six of Scherzer's last seven starts and are 5-0 in his last five road starts. No reason to bet against him tonight.
TUESDAY MLB FREE PICK: WASHINGTON NATIONALS -1.5 (-135)