Nationals vs. Phillies Pick
Oddsmakers at sports book Bovada.lv have made the Nationals a -162 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Phillies are a +141 underdog and the over-under is set at 9.
Tanner Roark (13-10, 4.41 ERA) draws the start for the Nationals, while Mark Leiter Jr. (3-6, 4.69) gets the ball for the Phillies. Roark has a 1.29 WHIP with 161 strikeouts over 175 2/3 innings. He gave up three earned runs on six hits with seven strikeouts and no walks over seven innings in a 3-2 loss at the Braves his last outing. Roark has a 3.84 road ERA in 82 innings. Leiter Jr. carries a 1.27 WHIP with 79 strikeouts in 86 1/3 innings. He allowed three runs (one earned) on five hits with three strikeouts and one walk in a 5-4 home loss to the Dodgers his last start. Leiter has a 2.36 ERA in 45 2/3 home innings.
Washington enters with a 95-62 record and is 50-30 on the road, while Philadelphia is 63-95 and 36-41 at home. The Nationals have won six of the last 10 meetings and the over-under is 4-5-1 in those games.
Tuesday's game saw the Phillies post a 4-1 victory as Jake Thompson allowed one earned run over five innings to pick up the win. Freddy Galvis was 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs to help pace the offenae. Tommy Joseph was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Cameron Rupp finished 1-for-3 with a double, a walk and two RBIs. Gio Gonzalez allowed three earned runs in five innings to take the loss for Washington. Howie Kendrick provided the offense with a solo home run.
The Nationals' offense should get rolling again with Bryce Harper back in the lineup. Even with him out, Washington was still one of the top offenses in the National League. Roark has been a steady presence on the mound the second half of the season, while Leiter Jr. is showing some promise but he's going to have difficulties navigation through the Nats lineup.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: WASHINGTON NATIONALS -162