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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals

May 17, 2024


The Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies, two NL East rivals, will engage in a three-game weekend series at Citizens Bank Park.

Washington Nationals Team Preview

Despite having a winning record of 5-2 in divisional games this season, the Washington Nationals lost the previous series against the Philadelphia Phillies 1-2 at home at the start of the season, with Philadelphia outscoring them by an average of 1.67 to 3.67 runs per game in those meetings.

Washington has also struggled over their previous seven games, compiling a record of 2-5 and losing those games by an average of.43 runs per game, which has dropped their record to 20-22 and puts them in 3rd place in the NL East and ten games behind the Phillies for 1st place in the division. 

Washington has lost six of the previous ten and two of the previous three games in the series against the Phillies and has lost by an average margin of 2.7 runs per game over the last ten and two runs per game over the previous three games. The Washington Nationals will look to avoid their fifth loss in their last seven games when they travel to face the Philadelphia Phillies.

Philadelphia Phillies Team Preview

The Philadelphia Phillies have the best record in baseball, as they enter Game 1 of the series against the Washington Nationals with a record of 31-14, which puts them 2.5 games above the Atlanta Braves for first place in the division. 

The Phillies have been on fire in May, compiling a record of 11-3 this month; however, they saw their three-game winning streak come to an end on Thursday as they could not complete the 4-0 series sweep at home against the New York Mets, losing Game 4 of the series in extra innings by a score of 5-6. Philadelphia has compiled a record of 6-4 in divisional games, with their only losing series coming at home against the Atlanta Braves in their first series of the 2024 MLB season. 

Philadelphia has one of the best records in baseball at home, with a 16-8 record, and has won two of the three meetings this season against New York. The Philadelphia Phillies will look to bounce back following their loss on Thursday night against the Mets when they host the Phillies for Game 1 of the series on Friday.

Odds and Series Trends

The Philadelphia Phillies are listed as -255 moneyline favorites at home against the Washington Nationals in Game 1 of the series on Friday, according to BetNow. Philadelphia has won six of the last ten and two of the previous three meetings while having won by an average margin of 2.7 runs per game over the last ten and two runs per game over the previous three games in the series. 

Zack Wheeler has compiled a record of 2-1 in his last three starts against the Nationals; however, he has allowed four runs in two of the previous three starts, while Jake Irvin lost his previous start this season against the Phillies after allowing four runs.

Game Pick

Both pitchers allowed four runs in their last start against the opposing team, and with the Phillies being one of the highest-scoring teams in the league this season, I expect Philadelphia to be able to put a lot of runs on the board. While Zack Miller has been one of the best pitchers to start the 2024 MLB season, he has allowed four runs in two of his previous three starts against the Nationals. As a result, I am taking over 7.5 runs scored for Game 1 of the series on Friday. 

Game Pick: Over 7.5 Runs