Phillies at Nationals - 4/28/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Philadelphia Phillies (11-10) at Washington Nationals (14-6)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 4:05 pm (Nationals Park)
Aaron Nola (1-2) (4.50) vs. T Roark (2-2) (2.62)
The Line: Washington Nationals -160 / Philadelphia Phillies +150 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia Phillies look to sweep the Washington Nationals early Thursday afternoon.
The Philadelphia Phillies look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The Phillies are relying on a pitching staff that’s allowed just three runs in this series and three or less runs in seven of their last 14 games. The Philadelphia Phillies are 9-1 this season when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Maikel Franco leads Philadelphia with 23 hits, Odubel Herrera has nine RBI and Ryan Howard has four home runs. Aaron Nola gets the ball, and he’s 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA and 30 strikeouts this season. Nola is 0-1 with a 7.80 ERA and 19 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.
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The Washington Nationals look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Nationals have had issues offensively, scoring just three runs this series and three or less runs in seven of their last 10 games. Five of the Washington Nationals six losses this season have come when they’ve scored three or less runs. Daniel Murphy leads Washington with 27 hits, Bryce Harper has 24 RBI and Wilson Ramos has two home runs. Tanner Roark takes the hill, and he’s 2-2 with a 2.63 ERA and 24 strikeouts this season. Roark is 2-5 with a 6.91 ERA and 21 strikeouts in his career against the Phillies.
The Phillies are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series and 1-6 in Nolas last 7 starts. The Nationals are 12-5 in their last 17 during game 3 of a series and 0-4 in Roarks last 4 Thursday starts. The Nationals are 1-4 in Roarks last 5 starts vs. Phillies.
We all know the Nats are by far the better team here, but Washington has shown us nothing this series and continues to struggle on the offensive end. Might as well ride the hot hand and back the Phillies and the big plus money. It's worth a shot.