Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals - 9/2/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals - 9/2/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Nationals (12-21) at Philadelphia Phillies (16-15)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

Max Scherzer (3-1) (3.86) vs. Zack Wheeler (3-0) (2.58)

The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +115 / Washington Nationals -125 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies meet Wednesday in MLB action at Citizens Bank Park.

The Washington Nationals need a win after losing seven of their last eight games. The Nationals have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Nationals have split their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Trea Turner leads the Nationals with 49 hits and 18 RBI while Juan Soto and Adam Eaton have combined for 61 hits and 40 RBI. Max Scherzer gets the ball, and he is 3-1 with a 3.86 ERA and 55 strikeouts this season. Scherzer is 11-3 with a 2.62 ERA and 167 strikeouts in his career against the Phillies.

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The Philadelphia Phillies look to stay hot after winning seven of their last eight games. The Phillies have scored 24 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five straight games. The Phillies have won 10 of their last 13 games when scoring four or more runs. Didi Gregorius leads the Phillies with 31 hits and 19 RBI while Andrew McCutchen and J.T. Realmuto have combined for 61 hits and 49 RBI. Zack Wheeler gets the ball, and he is 3-0 with a 2.58 ERA and 23 strikeouts this season. Wheeler is 5-10 with a 5.01 ERA and 88 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.

The Nationals are 18-7 in their last 25 Wednesday games, 7-3 in their last 10 games as a road favorite and 1-6 in their last 7 overall. The Phillies are 6-1 in their last 7 home games, 29-61 in their last 90 games as an underdog and 6-1 in their last 7 overall. The over is 5-1 in Nationals last 6 games as a favorite. The under is 19-7 in Phillies last 26 Wednesday games. The Nationals are 10-4 in the last 14 meetings.

Max Scherzer has allowed 12 runs and 28 hits in his last 24.2 innings, and he's allowing a .100 batting average with 77 strikeouts in 186 at bats against current Phillies hitters. Zack Wheeler has allowed 10 earned runs and 31 hits in his last 31.1 innings, and he's allowing a .226 batting average with 36 strikeouts in 151 at bats against current Nationals hitters. Scherzer is the better pitcher here, he's owned the Phillies throughout his career, and we're getting him at a cheaper than usual price.

Give me the Washington Nationals.

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Randy’s Pick Washington Nationals -125

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