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MLB Betting Preview: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals

August 18, 2023



The Philadelphia Phillies enter this game having lost three of their last five games and are coming off a 1-1 series split on the road against the Toronto Blue Jays which ended with a 9-4 win in game two of the series on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Washington Nationals enter this game having won four of their last five games and are on a two-game winning streak which includes a 2-1 series win at home against the Boston Red Sox which ended with Thursday’s 10-7 win in game three of the series.

BookMaker has the Philadelphia Phillies listed as -185 money line favorites on the road against the Washington Nationals and has set the total for the over/under plays at 9 runs. Will the Nationals extend their winning streak to three games or will the Phillies get the win on the road? Let’s take a closer look at how these teams have played this year. 

Philadelphia Phillies Team Preview

The Philadelphia Phillies enter this game with an overall record of 66-55 which puts them in 2nd place in the NL East and are coming off a 9-4 win in game two of their series against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Offensively, Philadelphia scored nine runs off 11 hits with three of the runs coming in the 5th inning which included Kyle Schwarber scoring off a double hit by Nick Castellanos.

The Phillies will send Michael Lorenzen to the mound for game one of the series against the Nationals on Friday. Lorenzen is 7-7 this season with a 3.23 ERA while recording 93 strikeouts.

Washington Nationals Team Preview

The Washington Nationals enter this game with an overall record of 55-67 which puts them in 5th place in the NL East and are coming off a 10-7 win against the Boston Red Sox in game three of their series.

Offensively, the Nationals scored ten runs off ten hits with five of the runs coming in the 5th inning which included Alex Call and Jeter Downs scoring off a double hit by Joey Meneses.

Joan Adon will take the mound for Washington against Philadelphia on Friday for game one of the series. Adon is 1-0 on the year with an ERA of 5.14 and has recorded 14 strikeouts.

Series Trends and Game Pick

Philadelphia has won six of the last ten games in the series and has won by an average score of 7.1 to 3.5 in those matchups. The Phillies have won two of the last three games in the series and have won by an average score of 5.67 to 2.33 in those contests.

The total is 4-4-2 in the last ten games in the series with the teams combining for an average of 10.6 runs per game in those contests. The under is 2-0-1 in the last three games in the series with the teams combining for an average of 8 runs per game in those matchups.

Philadelphia enters this game with a better record and has been the better team in the series, winning six of the last ten and two of the last three games. The Phillies have won by an average margin of 3.6 runs per game over the last ten and 3.33 runs per game over the last three games in the series. As a result, I am taking the run line for the Philadelphia Phillies at -1.5 for this matchup on BookMaker.

Spooky Express Pick: Philadelphia Phillies Run Line -1.5 (-114)