Phillies vs. Nationals Wednesday Pick

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals, 8/22/2018 Prediction & Odds

After the two teams combined for 14 runs in the Nationals’ 10-4 victory, will Wednesday night’s Philadelphia-Washington matchup fall under the betting total? The NL East rivals will meet at 7:05 p.m. ET again in D.C.

Game Snapshot & Odds

955 Philadelphia Phillies (+157) at 956 Washington Nationals (-175); 8.5 runs

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

7:05 p.m. ET, Nationals Park

TV: PHI (NBCSP); WSH (MASN)

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Public Betting Trends

According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Nationals as a -175 favorite. As of this writing, 51% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Nationals to beat the Phillies 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’ Eflin allows four runs in win over Mets

Zach Eflin allowed four runs in 6 2/3 innings in beating the Mets last Thursday. He was sent down following the start but will return tonight to face the Nationals. He’s 9-4 on the year and owns a 3.70 ERA over 97 1/3 innings pitched.

Nationals’ Strasburg set to return following neck injury

Stephen Strasburg (neck) will rejoin the Nationals' rotation Wednesday against the Phillies. Neck and shoulder ailments have limited Strasburg to just one major league outing and two rehab starts since mid-June, but he'll forego a rehab assignment this time and be thrust right back into the Nats' rotation. It's not ideal, but with Washington clinging to faint playoff hopes they probably didn't think they had much of a choice. Fantasy owners should be starting Strasburg this week even with the risk that he might not be sharp.

MLB Betting Trends

Philadelphia

The Phillies are 6-0 in their last six games when they play the second game of a series.

Washington

The Nationals are 11-4 in their last 15 home games versus a team with a losing road record.

Prediction:

The under is 4-0 in Strasburg’s last four starts against the Phillies and 48-23-3 in the Nationals’ last 74 games when their opponent allows five runs or more in its previous game. On the other side, the under is 5-1 in Eflin’s last six road starts and 40-19-4 in their last 63 games coming off a loss.

 

The Pick: Phillies/Nationals under 8.5

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