Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals - 4/16/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Nationals (7-1) at Philadelphia Phillies (5-5)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)
M Scherzer (1-0) (4.15) vs. Aaron Nola (0-1) (3.21)
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +170 / Washington Nationals -180 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN; TCN
The Washington Nationals take on the Philadelphia Phillies in game 2 of their series at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday.
The Washington Nationals come into game two of this series as one of the hottest teams in baseball and are looking to win their seventh straight game. The Nationals scored nine runs in game one of the series with Daniel Murphy, Jayson Werth, Bryce Harper and Michael Taylor all producing multiple hits. Daniel Murphy leads the way in batting average for the Nationals at .469. Bryce Harper has hit four home runs and has 11 RBI's in one of the best lineups in baseball right now. On Saturday the Nationals will turn to their ace pitcher Max Scherzer who has gotten off to a rocky start this season with an ERA of 4.21. Scherzer has had a lot of support from the Nats lineup,helping him to a 1-0 record.
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For Saturday’s game the Philadelphia Phillies turn the ball over to Aaron Nola who is off to an excellent start to the season. Over 14 innings Nola has only given up 10 hits and 5 runs with an ERA of 3.21. The Phillies will be looking for more offense on Saturday after their line up were held to just four hits and one run on Friday night against the Nationals. Maikal Franco leads the way for the Phillies with 11 hits in 37 at bats this season. Ryan Howard has 4 home runs and 7 RBI's and Odubel Herrerra has shown good patience at the plate with 10 walks this season.
The Nationals are 4-0 in Scherzer's last 4 starts against the Phillies, 6-1 in last seven meetings in Philadelphia and the Under is 7-0-1 in their last 8 road games.
The Under is 9-0 in Phillies last 9 home games against a team with a record above .600, 4-0 in Nola's last four starts, and the Phillies are 0-5 in Nola's last five starts.
I'm taking the under here as I think Max Scherzer will get back to his dominant best on Saturday and I don't expect the Phillies to get much off the Nat's ace and with Aaron Nola also off to a strong start this season the under looks the smart play here.