Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies - 4/27/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Philadelphia Phillies (9-10) at Washington Nationals (14-4)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)
J Hellickson (1-1) (5.21) vs. G Gonzalez (1-0) (1.42)
The Line: Washington Nationals -200 / Philadelphia Phillies +185 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN, CSPh
Coming up on Wednesday evening, we’ve got another matchup between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park.
This will be the second game of the mid-week set. In Tuesday’s game one, the Phillies secured the victory 4-3, squashing an attempt at a Nationals rally in the bottom of the ninth.
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For Wednesday’s game, the Phillies will be rolling out right-hander Jeremy Hellickson. In his most recent appearance last Wednesday against the Mets, Hellickson got beat up on four runs in 4.1 innings. That gives Hillocks a 5.21 ERA thus far, and he’s given up four home runs this season in four starts.
Despite their up-and-down season, the Phillies have a pretty competent lineup at the plate. Maikel Franco leads the way with 22 hits, five homers and 14 RBI, while Odubel Herrera has produced 12 runs and 19 hits. Team powerhouse Ryan Howard has four homers and nine RBI, but sits on an icky .177 BA. Howard was 0-for-2 in Tuesday’s matchup.
The Nationals will be wheeling out left-hander Gio Gonzalez for Wednesday’s game. Despite earning just a 1-0 record in three starts so far, Gonzalez has been pretty clean on the mound with a 1.42 ERA and 0.89 WHIP. In his most recent appearance on Friday, Gonzalez logged three runs (two earned) on six hits in six innings against the Twins.
The lynchpin of the Nationals batting order, without question, is Bryce Harper. So far this season, Harper has put up 21 hits with 15 runs, nine homers and a whopping 24 RBI. Harper struck out after a lengthy at-bat to end Tuesday’s game with the tying run on first base. Daniel Murphy has also been a big contributor, with 26 hits and 10 runs. Anthony Rendon has 19 hits and 13 runs to his credit as well.
The Phillies are 1-4 in their last five road games against a left-handed starter, but 4-1 in their last five games against a left-handed starter overall. As for the Nationals, they’re 7-0 in their last seven game twos of a series, and 14-3 in Gonzalez’s last 17 Wednesday starts.
Despite Tuesday's loss, every indication here screams Washington, so I’m not going to argue. The Nationals should be able to take care of Philly in every facet of this game.