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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals - 9/26/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Nationals (94-61) at Philadelphia Phillies (62-94)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

G Gonzalez (15-7) (2.68) vs. Jake Thompson (2-2) (4.14)

The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +150 / Washington Nationals -160 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSPH, MASN

Over at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday, the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies will be continuing their MLB series. 

In the Monday opener, the Nationals scored twice in the second inning and rode that wave to a 3-1 win. 

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals - 9/26/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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For Tuesday’s matchup, the Nats will be going with LHP Gio Gonzalez. In his 191.2 innings and 15-7 record this year, Gonzalez has a 2.68 ERA with 179 Ks and 71 BBs. 

The Nationals have some solid bats on board this year. Daniel Murphy came out of the weekend with 163 hits, 90 runs, 23 homers and 90 RBI, while Ryan Zimmerman had 152 hits, 87 runs, 34 homers and 103 RBI. Zimmerman had a hit and a run on Monday; Murphy sat out. 

Over on the Phillies’ side, they’re going with RHP Jake Thompson on Tuesday. Over his 41.1 innings and 2-2 record this year, Thompson has a 4.14 ERA with 30 Ks and 20 BBs. 

Philadelphia has some good hitters as well. Freddy Galvis entered this set with 151 hits, 67 runs, 12 homers and 61 RBI. Caesar Hernandez had 145 hits, 82 runs and 31 RBI in that time. Hernandez had one hit on Monday; Galvis went 0-for-4. 

The Nationals are 5-1 in their last six Tuesday games and 11-5 in their last 16 games versus a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30. Washington is also 5-1 in Gonzalez’s last six Tuesday starts and 4-1 in Gonzalez’s last five road starts. 

Meanwhile, the Phillies are 17-35 in their last 52 during game two of a series and 5-1 in Thompson’s last six home starts. Philadelphia is also 1-5 in Thompson’s last six starts versus a team with a winning recored and 9-2 in their last 11 games versus a left-handed starter. 

Gonzalez had a bit of a hiccup against Atlanta a couple of starts ago with five earned on seven hits in five innings, but bounced back against the Braves in his last start on two earned, three hits and 7.0 innings. As for Thompson, he’s got two straight solid starts under his belt with one earned in 10.1 innings. Overall, however, the Nats have the better pitcher and offense going out here, so I’ll take Washington.

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