2019-09-25 18:05:00 EDT
The Philadelphia Phillies and the Washington Nationals meet in game three of the rare five game NL East division set from Nationals Park on Wednesday.
The Philadelphia Phillies will look to finish strong after being eliminated from playoff contention with a pair of losses in Tuesday’s doubleheader. The Phillies lost game one by a final score of 7-2 while dropping game two by a 4-1 count. Game one saw Andrew Knapp go 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI while Cesar Hernandez had an RBI to cap off Philadelphia’s scoring in the loss while game two saw Jean Segura put up an RBI to make up all of Philly’s scoring as the Phils had just five hits as a team in the loss. Zach Eflin took the loss on the mound in game one, falling to 9-13 on the year after allowing five runs on eight hits while walking four over five innings of work. Game two saw Nick Vincent take the loss in relief. Drew Smyly will start Wednesday’s game and is 4-7 with a 6.44 ERA and 110 strikeouts this season. This will be Smyly’s first career start against Washington.
The Washington Nationals will look to build some steam after clinching a wild card spot with the pair of victories on Tuesday. Game one saw Anthony Rendon put up a pair of RBIs while Trea Turner, Adam Eaton and Yan Gomes each had a solo home run with Gomes going 2 for 4 with a double as well. In game two, Rendon had another pair of RBIs while Turner went 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles. Game one saw Patrick Corbin get the win after allowing one run on three hits with four walks and six strikeouts over six innings of work while Tanner Rainey got the win in relief in game two with Daniel Hudson closing the 9th for his 4th save of the year. Anibal Sanchez will start Wednesday’s affair and is 10-8 with a 3.91 ERA and 127 strikeouts this season. In his career, Sanchez is 5-11 with a 4.49 ERA and 114 strikeouts against Philadelphia.
Philadelphia is 1-5 in their last 6 games overall and 1-5 in their last 6 road games while the under is 5-1 in Smyly’s last 6 starts overall. Washington is 1-5 in Sanchez’s last 6 home starts against a team with a winning record and 5-1 in their last 6 division games while the over is 6-2 in Sanchez’s last 8 starts overall. Philadelphia is 22-45 in the last 67 meetings between these two teams and 22-45 in the last 67 meetings between these two teams in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia has nothing but pride to play for at this point, and Washington needs to keep winning to ensure home field for the wild card game, but I’m not trying to lay this kind of juice with a pitcher in Sanchez who has had most of his struggles come at home lately and has had his share of issues against Philadelphia in his career, including this season, going 0-2 with a 4.43 ERA and 20 strikeouts against the Phillies this season. On the other hand, I just don’t trust Smyly, who has allowed eight runs, seven earned, in his last six innings of work across his last two starts. Instead, I’m going to side with the over as I think both starters get touched up for a few runs in this one.