Washington Nationals (33-36) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (34-35)
June 23, 2021 1:05 pm EDT
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -110 / Washington Nationals +100; Over/Under: +9
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The Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies meet Wednesday in MLB action from Citizens Bank Park. This will be the final installment in a quick two-game series between these teams. In the Tuesday opener, the Nationals eked out a one-run win. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
The Nationals played the Mets over the weekend, losing Saturday but winning the other three games. In the Tuesday matchup versus Philly, Washington bagged two runs in the first inning on the way to a 3-2 victory. Max Scherzer went 5.0 innings with two hits and one earned.
For the starter job in the Wednesday game, the Nationals will send out Erick Fedde. In his 51.1 innings of work so far, Fedde has 37 hits, 20 runs (19 earned), five homers allowed, 22 walks, 49 Ks and a 3.33 ERA.
Over on the Philly side, they played the Giants over the weekend, dropping two of three games. In the Tuesday matchup, Philadelphia notched six hits during the loss and didn’t score until the eighth. Zack Wheeler lasted 3.0 innings with three earned runs on six hits and a walk.
For the Wednesday starter role, the Phillies will send out Vince Velasquez. In 52.2 innings of work this year, Velasquez has 44 hits, 27 runs (26 earned), 10 homers allowed, 31 walks, 59 Ks and a 4.44 ERA.
The Nationals are 5-0 in their last five Wednesday games and the under is 12-3-1 in the last 16 Wednesday games. The under is 19-6-1 in Washington’s last 26 versus the NL East and 18-6-2 in their last 26 with the total set at 9.0-10.5.
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Meanwhile, the Phillies are 5-1 in their last six in game two of a series and 6-2 in their last eight Wednesday games. Philly is 18-8 in their last 26 at home with the total set at 7.0-8.5 and the under is 4-1 in the last five in game two of a series.
PICK: I’m sticking with Washington. Velasquez has had his ups and downs lately, logging eight earned over his last 13.0 innings. As for Fedde, he’s got a streak of 20 consecutive scoreless innings going. Last time Fedde took on the Phillies he allowed three runs in five frames. I like another good performance from Fedde here in a Washington win.