Philadelphia Phillies (27-28) at Washington Nationals (22-32)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 6:05 pm (Nationals Park)
Zach Eflin (3-2) (4.28) vs. Erick Fedde (2-3) (4.36)
The Line: Washington Nationals +125 / Philadelphia Phillies -135 --- Over/Under: 9 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Philadelphia Phillies and the Washington Nationals meet Wednesday in MLB action from Nationals Park.
This will be the fourth and final matchup of the series between the Phillies and the Nationals this week. Washington took a 5-1 victory in the Monday opener. In the Tuesday doubleheader, Washington was able to take both outings. The Nationals posted a 5-1 win in game one and followed it up with an 8-7 victory in the nightcap. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The Phillies out-hit Washington 11-9 in the game two loss Tuesday, but the Nationals walked off in the bottom of the eighth inning. Three different Philadelphia players had multiple hits in that one, and JoJo Romero took the loss with 0.2 innings and three earned runs.
For the Wednesday starting pitcher role, the Phillies will send out Zach Eflin. In his nine starts this year, Eflin is 3-2 with a 4.28 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 48.1 innings total. Across his MLB career, Eflin is 28-33 with a 4.68 ERA and 379 Ks in 467.1 innings.
Over on the Nationals’ side, it was a pretty good day on Tuesday. Juan Soto posted a three-run homer, and starting pitcher Paolo Espino went 4.0 innings with three runs, four strikeouts and one homer allowed.
In the Wednesday starter slot, the Nationals will go with Erick Fedde. In 10 games (seven starts) this season, Fedde is 2-3 with a 4.36 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 43.1 innings. Across his MLB career Fedde is 8-10 with a 5.15 ERA and 125 Ks in 187.0 innings.
The Phillies are 5-1 in their last six during game four of a series and 12-5 in their last 17 games as a favorite. The over is 4-1-1 in the Phillies last six during game four of as series and the under is 20-8 in their last 28 Wednesday games.
Meanwhile, the Nationals are 8-18 in their last 26 home games and 6-15 in their last 21 versus the National League East. Washington is 1-4 in their last five Wednesday games and 0-4 in their last four during game four of a series.
Pick: I’m going to stick with Philadelphia here. Eflin is coming off a nice start in Game 1 of Friday’s doubleheader versus the Blue Jays. In that one, Eflin tossed a complete-game (seven innings) shutout that was a big lift for the rest of the pitching staff. If Philly can get into the playoffs, Eflin shapes up to be the No. 3 option. As for Fedde he’s 0-2 with an 8.18 ERA in 11 innings and two starts versus the Phillies this year. He’s allowed three homers with five Ks in that span.