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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals Game 1 - 9/11/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Nationals (71-72) at Philadelphia Phillies (74-68)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 3:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

T Roark (8-15) (4.23) vs. J Arrieta (10-9) (3.61)

The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -119 / Washington Nationals +109 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: MASN, NSPA

The Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies meet Monday in game one of an MLB doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park.

The Washington Nationals look for a victory here in order to get back to a .500 record. The Nationals have scored 20 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight straight games. The Washington Nationals have split their last 10 games when scoring at least four runs. Trea Turner leads the Nationals with 157 hits and 61 RBI while Anthony Rendon and Bryce Harper have combined for 257 hits and 162 RBI. Erick Fedde gets the ball, and he is 1-3 with a 6.00 ERA and 26 strikeouts this season. Fedde is 1-1 with a 6.55 ERA and six strikeouts in his career against the Phillies.

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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals Game 1 - 9/11/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Phillies could use a win here after losing six of their last eight games. The Phillies have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Philadelphia Phillies have won four of their last six games when scoring more than one run. Cesar Hernandez leads the Phillies with 137 hits and 48 RBI while Odubel Herrera and Rhys Hoskins have combined for 252 hits and 153 RBI. Jake Arrieta gets the ball, and he is 10-9 with a 3.61 ERA and 120 strikeouts this season. Arrieta is 1-2 with a 5.25 ERA and 55 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.

The Nationals are 2-6 in their last 8 Monday games, 3-7 in their last 10 road games vs. a right-handed starter and 1-4 in their last 5 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Phillies are 20-42 in their last 62 Monday games, 2-8 in their last 10 during game 1 of a series and 4-1 in Arrietas last 5 home starts. 

The Washington Nationals are a hard team to trust these days, as they don't have much to play for and you can see some guys have already checked out and are probably looking toward free agency. Arrieta has been rocked a bit in his last few starts, but he still has an ERA of 3.27 with an allowed batting average of .227 at home. This feels like the perfect spot for the Phillies to kind of right the ship and get back on track in hopes for maybe one last playoff push. The Phillies must win this game at home behind their ace. I'll eat the cheap price.

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