Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies - 6/11/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Philadelphia Phillies (29-32) at Washington Nationals (37-23)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 12:05 pm (Nationals Park)
Aaron Nola (5-4) (2.88) vs. T Roark (4-4) (3.21)
The Line: Washington Nationals -168 / Philadelphia Phillies +158 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN, CSPh
Over at Nationals Park in DC on Saturday, we’ve got another installment of the weekend series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Washington Nationals.
This will be game two of the set. In Friday’s opener, the Nationals peppered in the runs across most of the game on 9-6 win.
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For Saturday’s game, the Phillies will be bringing out right-hander Aaron Nola in the start. In his 12 games and 5-4 record this year, Nola has managed a 2.65 ERA with a 0.99 WHIP in 78 innings. Back on Sunday, Nola put up six shutout innings, allowing eight hits against the Brewers for a win.
The Philles have several notable bats in their order. Odubel Herrera leads the charge on 67 hits with a team-high 33 runs and 18 RBI. Maikel Franco is also playing pretty well with 53 hits, 18 runs, 10 homers and 32 RBI. Franco came up 0-for-4 on Friday. Freddy Galvis is right there as well on 51 hits with 24 runs and 22 RBI.
Over on the Nationals’ side, we’ll be seeing right-hander Tanner Roark make the start. In his 12 starts and 4-4 record this year, Roark has recorded a 3.21 ERA with a 1.25 WHIP in 73 innings. On Sunday against the Reds, Roark took a no-decision on four earned runs and seven hits in three innings.
The Washington batting order is pretty chock-full of stars. Daniel Murphy has been stellar so far with 85 hits, 38 runs, 11 homers and 42 RBI. Murphy snagged three RBI on Friday. Anthony Rendon has 59 hits with 39 runs to his credit. Wilson Ramos is also getting in on the action with 59 hits, 23 runs and 34 RBI. Ramos slapped a solo homer in Friday’s game.
The Phillies are 5-0 in Nola’s last five road starts, and 7-2 in Nola’s last nine starts overall. Philadelphia is also 2-6 in Nola’s last eight starts against the National League East, and 3-7 in Nola’s last 10 starts against a team with a winning record.
Meanwhile, the Nationals are 0-4 in their last four Saturday games, and 5-2 in Roark’s last seven starts in game two of a series. Washington is also 3-9 in Roark’s last 12 starts against the National League East, and 2-6 in Roark’s last eight home starts.
Roark has had some bumps in the road lately, so I’m more comfortable with Nola and the Phillies here.