Washington Nationals (36-71) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (57-48)
August 5, 2022 7:05 pm EDT
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -200 / Washington Nationals +175; Over/Under: -8.5
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The Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies meet in an NL East division matchup in MLB action from Citizens Bank Park on Friday night.
The Washington Nationals will look to bounce back after a 5-4 rain-shortened loss to the Phillies in Thursday’s series opener. Entering Thursday’s game, Cesar Hernandez has 98 hits with 22 doubles while Maikel Franco also has 79 hits and 15 doubles of his own. Keibert Ruiz also has 18 doubles and Nelson Cruz has 52 RBIs as well this season. Lane Thomas also has 10 home runs and 35 RBIs while Yadiel Hernandez has 37 RBIs as well this season. Josiah Gray will start here and is 7-7 with a 4.59 ERA and 118 strikeouts this season.
The Philadelphia Phillies will look to keep the momentum going after their win over the Nationals last time out. Going into Thursday’s game, Nick Castellanos has 104 hits with 22 doubles and 51 RBIs while Kyle Schwarber also has team-highs of 33 home runs and 66 RBIs as well this season. Alec Bohm’s posting a .296 batting average and a team-high 107 hits while Rhys Hoskins has 20 home runs and 48 RBIs so far this season. J.T. Realmuto also has 47 RBIs as well this season. Kyle Gibson will start here and is 6-4 with a 4.60 ERA and 84 strikeouts this season.
Washington is 18-51 in their last 69 games against a team with a winning record and 18-66 in their last 84 division games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. Philadelphia is 7-2 in their last 9 division games and 6-1 in their last 7 games overall while the over is 4-1-1 in their last 6 home games.
I get the case to be made either way here, but I’m looking at the Nationals in this one. Josiah Gray over the course of his entire career has been a far better pitcher on the road and while Gibson has slightly better numbers at home this season, he’s still a hard pitcher to back and he is wildly inconsistent. I think the value is on the Nationals here so give me Washington in this one.