Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies - 9/10/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Philadelphia Phillies (63-77) at Washington Nationals (82-58)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)
Jerad Eickhoff (10-13) (3.86) vs. M Scherzer (16-7) (2.88)
The Line: Washington Nationals -275 / Philadelphia Phillies +250 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSPH, MASN
Coming up on Saturday in MLB action, the Philadelphia Phillies and the Washington Nationals will meet once again at Nationals Park.
In Thursday’s game one, the Phillies took a 4-1 victory. On Friday, the Nationals secured a walk-off 5-4 win.
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The Phillies will be bringing out RHP Jerad Eickhoff for the start on Saturday. Across 28 starts and a 10-13 record, Eickhoff holds a 3.86 ERA with a 1.22 WHIP in 167.2 innings. Getting a win in Miami his last time out, Eickhoff went six innings with six hits and two earned.
It’s not too hard to find the key bats in the Philly order. Odubel Herrera has hit 141 times with 72 runs and 42 RBI. Cesar Hernandez sits on 134 hits with 55 runs and 36 RBI. Maikel Franco has bagged 124 hits with 55 runs, 22 homers and 73 RBI.
Over on the Washington side, we’ll be seeing RHP Max Scherzer in the start Saturday. In his 29 starts and 16-7 record this season, Scherzer owns a nice 2.88 ERA with a 0.92 WHIP in 197 innings. Scherzer got another win against the Braves in his last game, going seven innings with seven hits and two earned.
The Nationals have some nice bats in their order as well. Daniel Murphy is way out front on 174 hits with 85 runs, 25 homers and 101 RBI. Anthony Rendon has hit 138 times with 82 runs and 71 RBI. Wilson Ramos holds 133 hits with 54 runs, 20 homers and 73 RBI.
The Phillies are 5-11 in their last 16 Saturday games, and 1-4 in their last five game threes of a series. Philadelphia is also 5-1 in Eickhoff’s last six starts, and 4-1 in Eickhoff’s last five starts in game three of a series.
Meanwhile, the Nationals are 6-0 in Scherzer’s last six starts against a team with a losing record, and 5-0 in Scherzer’s last five starts with four days’ rest. Washington is also 5-0 in Scherzer’s last five starts overall, and 7-1 in Scherzer’s last eight Saturday starts.
I like Scherzer in the pitching matchup here, so I’m going to go with the Nationals—presuming they can get some offense going.