Nationals vs. Phillies Prediction
The Washington Nationals swept yesterday's doubleheader at the Philadelphia Phillies following a postponement the previous day due to bad field conditions. Is Philadelphia going to avoid the sweep today with ace Aaron Nola on the mound?
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Citizens Bank Park at 7:05PM ET
TV: MASN (WASH)
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Phillies are a -132 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Nationals are a +122 underdog, while the total sits at 7 runs. As of Wednesday morning, 77 percent of public bets are pouring in on host Philadelphia. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for the latest info.
Nationals sweep Tuesday's games
Washington won Game 1 of yesterday's doubleheader by a count of 3-1 as Erick Fedde threw 5 2/3 shutout innings. He allowed two hits with nine strikeouts and two walks. Sean Doolittle allowed one earned run on one hit with two strikeouts and a walk over one inning to record his 23rd save. Adam Eaton was 1-for-4 with a walk, while Bryce Harper went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and an RBI. Juan Soto completed the night 2-for-4. Spencer Kieboom was 2-for-4 with a solo home run. In Game 2, the Nationals edged the hosts by a score of 7-6. Anthony Rendon walked three times in five plate appearances and scored three runs. Soto was 3-for-4 with two home runs, a double, a walk, three runs and four RBIs. Matt Wieters finished 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Wander Suero picked up the win in relief as he walked one in one-third of an inning of work. Greg Holland earned his third save, striking out one and walking two in an inning of work.
Phillies fall to 6.5 back in NL East
Philadelphia has struggled mightily over the last month and could not turn it around Tuesday as it fell in both games to extend its losing skid to four games. Nick Pivetta suffered the Game 1 loss as he gave up two earned runs on three hits with one strikeout and three walks over 4 1/3 innings. Rhys Hoskins walked twice in four plate appearances. Justin Bour was 1-for-1 with a walk and a stolen base. Maikel Franco contributed a pinch-hit RBI single. In Game 2, Hoskins was 3-for-5 with a double plus a run and an RBI. Wilson Ramos was 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. Carlos Santana was 1-for-4 with a double and a walk. Jose Bautista finished 1-for-3 with a solo home run off the bench. Asdrubal Cabrera went 1-for-3 with a double, two walks, a run and an RBI. Yacksel Rios suffered the loss in relief as he surrendered one earned run on one hit with one strikeout and no walks over one inning.
Stephen Strasburg (7-7, 4.04 ERA) will start tonight for the Nats, while the Phillies counter with Nola (16-4, 2.29).
MLB Betting Trends
The under is 37-18-1 in the last 56 Nationals road games. Washington is 22-8 in Strasburg's last 30 Wednesday starts.
The Phillies are 20-6 in Nola's last 26 home starts. Philadelphia is 20-7 in Nola's last 27 starts overall.
Nola continues to be one of the best pitchers in baseball and gives his team a great chance to win just about every time out. Philadelphia has faded fast, but it has the more consistent pitcher on the mound today and expecting Washington to earn a sweep just doesn't feel right with how its season has gone.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES -132