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Phillies vs. Nationals - 5/31/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Nationals (31-21) at Philadelphia Phillies (26-25)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

Joe Ross (4-4) (2.68) vs. Aaron Nola (4-3) (3.14)

The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +127 / Washington Nationals -137 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds


The Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies meet Tuesday night for game two of their series.

The Washington Nationals look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Nationals have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 13 games. The Washington Nationals offense is heating up lately, and they’ve won seven of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Daniel Murphy leads Washington with 75 hits, Ryan Zimmerman has 24 RBI and Bryce Harper has 13 home runs. Joe Ross gets the ball, and he’s 4-4 with a 2.52 ERA and 41 strikeouts this season. This will be Ross’ second career game against the Phillies.

Phillies vs. Nationals - 5/31/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The Philadelphia Phillies could use a win in order to snap a four-game losing streak. The Phillies have allowed 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five straight games. The Philadelphia Phillies have an ERA of 3.83 and have lost six of their last seven games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Odubel Herrera leads Philly with 58 hits, Maikel Franco has 28 RBI and Freddy Galvis has five home runs. Aaron Nola takes the hill, and he’s 4-3 with a 2.86 ERA and 70 strikeouts this season. Nola is 0-1 with a 5.32 ERA and 26 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.

The Nationals are 1-4 in their last 5 Tuesday games and 1-4 in Ross' last 5 starts. The Phillies are 4-1 in their last 5 Tuesday games and 6-1 in Nolas last 7 starts. The Nationals are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Philadelphia. 

The Phillies are tough to back right now, as that pitching staff that's kept them above water is starting to be tagged a bit. Have to side with the Nats for the cheap price given the way the Phillies are playing at the moment. 

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