Phillies at Nationals - 4/26/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Philadelphia Phillies (9-10) at Washington Nationals (14-4)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)
Vincent Velasquez (2-1) (0.93) vs. M. Scherzer
The Line: Washington Nationals / Philadelphia Phillies --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals begin a three-game series Tuesday night.
The Philadelphia Phillies look for a nice road victory in order to get back to a .500 record. The Phillies offense has woken up lately, as they’ve scored five or more runs in four straight games and has racked up a 4-2 record this season when scoring more than three runs. The Philadelphia Phillies treading a .500 record 20 games into the season is successful given where most had them before the season started. Maikel Franco leads Philadelphia with 21 hits, Odubel Herrera has nine RBI and Freddy Galvis has two home runs. Vince Velasquez gets the ball, and he’s 2-1 with a 0.93 ERA and 29 strikeouts this season. This will be Velasquez’s first career game against the Nationals.
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The Washington Nationals look to keep rolling after winning five of their last six games. The Nationals continue to rely on a pitching staff that has an ERA of 2.24 and has allowed three or less runs in 10 of their last 15 games. The Washington Nationals are 11-1 this season when allowing three or less runs. Daniel Murphy leads Washington with 25 hits, Bryce Harper has 23 RBI and Wilson Ramos has two home runs. Max Scherzer takes the hill, and he’s 2-1 with a 4.32 ERA and 23 strikeouts this season. Scherzer is 5-1 with a 2.11 ERA and 49 strikeouts in his career against the Phillies.
The Phillies are 3-8 in their last 11 games following an off day and 33-68 in their last 101 road games. The Nationals are 8-0 in their last 8 home games and 5-1 in Scherzers last 6 starts. The Phillies are 10-21 in the last 31 meetings in Washington and 6-14 in the last 20 meetings overall.
The Nationals continue to be one of the more consistent teams in the league, especially at home where they've won eight straight. Add Scherzer to the mix, who is 5-1 against the Phillies in his career, and you have to like Washington at home to get yet another victory.