Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies Game 1 - 9/22/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies Game 1 - 9/22/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Phillies (27-26) at Washington Nationals (20-32)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 3:05 pm (Nationals Park)

Aaron Nola (5-3) (2.92) vs. Austin Voth (0-5) (7.17)

The Line: Washington Nationals +157 / Philadelphia Phillies -170 --- Over/Under: 7 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Philadelphia Phillies and the Washington Nationals meet Tuesday in MLB action from Nationals Park. 

This will be the first game of a Tuesday doubleheader, and the second installment of a four-game series between the Phillies and Nationals this week. In the opener on Monday evening, the Nationals took an early lead and rode the wave to a 5-1 victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place. 

The Phillies were out-hit 7-6 in the Monday loss, and could only come up with one run for their offensive efforts. Scott Kingery had the only extra-base hit with a double, and Philly struck out 13 times as a team. Starting pitcher Zack Wheeler posted 5.2 innings with two earned, three walks and seven Ks in a loss. 

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For the Tuesday starting pitcher role, The Phillies will send out Aaron Nola. In his 10 starts this season, Nola is 5-3 with a 2.92 ERA and 84 strikeouts in 61.2 innings of work. Across his MLB career, Nola is 58-38 with a 3.45 ERA and 910 Ks in 833.0 innings. 

Over on the Nationals’ side, Monday starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez collected his third win of the season with 5.0 innings, four hits, one earned, four walks and six strikeouts. Leading the offense was Asdrubal Cabrera with two hits, an RBI and two runs. 

In the Tuesday starter slot, the Nationals will send out Austin Voth. Over his nine starts in 2020, Voth is 0-5 with a 7.17 ERA and 33 Ks in 37.2 innings. Voth is 3-7 in his MLB career with a 5.28 ERA and 88 Ks in 93.2 innings total. 

The Phillies are 18-6 in their last 24 Tuesday games and 3-9 in their last 12 games versus a right-handed starter. The under is 3-1-1 in Philadelphia’s last five Tuesday games and 7-3 in their last 10 opening games of doubleheaders. 

Meanwhile, the Nationals are 4-1 in their last five during game two of a series and 8-2 in their last 10 opening games of doubleheaders. Washington is 11-4 in their last 15 Tuesday games and the under is 3-0-1 in their last four Tuesday games. 

Pick: It might be worth taking a shot on the Nationals here. Sure, Voth’s season numbers aren’t good, but he’s shown improvement lately. Voth posted six strikeouts and one run on four hits in in five innings versus Tampa Bay on Wednesday—his best start of the year. As for Nola, he gave up five walks in the Thursday start, which was tied for his career-high. If Nola isn’t totally on point here, it could open the door for Voth and the Nationals to bang out a win. 

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