Phillies vs. Nationals Friday Prediction

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals, 5/4/2018 Prediction & Odds

The Washington Nationals are suddenly hot again. Winners of five straight, the Nationals will open a new series against their National League East rivals the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. ET. Will the Nationals make it six straight?

Game Snapshot & Odds

901 Philadelphia Phillies (+121) at 902 Washington Nationals (-131); 8.5 runs

Friday, May 4, 2018

7:05 p.m. ET, Nationals Park

TV: PHI (CSP); WSH (MASN)

Compare odds and from multiple different online sportsbooks and shop for the best lines at our new Baseball Odds & Betting Page.

Public Betting Trends

Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks currently list the Nationals as a -131 favorite. As of this writing, 53% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Phillies to beat the Nationals on the moneyline. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.

Phillies' Pivetta allows four runs in five innings in last start

Nick Pivetta surrendered four runs in five innings and took a loss to the Braves on Saturday. Nick Markakis touched him up for a solo bomb in the first inning, and Freddie Freeman drilled a triple off him in the fifth.  All told, Pivetta allowed six hits and three walks while striking out six batters in the contest.

The fact that this was his worst start of the season serves to illustrate just how good Pivetta has been this year. He has a 3.27 ERA and 1.12 WHIP after six starts. His 34:7 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 33 innings is excellent. He is simply much-improved over his very poor rookie season from a year ago.

Nationals' Gonzalez earns win over Diamondbacks

Gio Gonzalez picked up the win by pitching seven strong innings against the Diamondbacks on Sunday in a 3-1 victory. Gonzalez allowed just the one run, and he struck out eight over those seven innings to pick up his third win of the season. It's another quality start for the southpaw, and his ERA is now down to 2.67 to go along with a 37/14 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 33 2/3 innings. He'll have a chance to improve his numbers on Friday in a home start against the Phillies.

MLB Betting Trends

Philadelphia

The Phillies are 18-37 in their last 55 games against the Nationals and are 1-4 in their last five games in Washington.

Washington

The Nationals have won five straight overall and five of their last six home games when facing a right-handed starter.

Prediction:

The Nationals and Braves currently own the longest win streaks in baseball right now at five games apiece. Washington still has some work to do to get back on top of the National League East standings but you get the sense that the Nats are starting to make their climb. They're banged up but red hot and have owned the Phillies in previous meetings. I'll lay the odds with Washington.

 

The Pick: Washington Nationals -131

Loading...

MLB Headlines

MLB Predictions & Picks

Thumbnail Dodgers vs. Braves Game 6 Prediction The Dodgers’ season will be on the line tonight at 7:08 p.m. ET when they play Game 6 of the NCLS versus the Braves. With so much uncertainty surrounding L.A.’s pitching...
Thumbnail Red Sox vs. Astros Game 6 Prediction The Astros will look to deliver the knockout blow to the Red Sox’ World Series hopes in Game 6 of the ALCS on Friday night at 8:08 p.m. ET. That said, with...
Thumbnail Dodgers vs. Braves MLB Prediction Game 4 of the NLCS will take place between the Braves and Dodgers at 8:08 p.m. ET on Wednesday night. Will the Dodgers even up the series at two games apiece or is...
Thumbnail Astros vs. Red Sox Game 5 Prediction The ALCS is now all tied at two games apiece following the Astros’ come-from-behind victory over the Red Sox on Tuesday night. Who has the edge in Game 5 this...
Thumbnail Astros vs. Red Sox Game 4 Prediction The Boston Red Sox have taken a 2-1 series lead in their best-of-seven matchup with the Houston Astros after routing the visitors on Monday night. Will tonight’s game...