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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals - 4/8/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies
Date & Time Monday April 8, 2019, 7:05 PM (EDT)
Citizens Bank Park
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Line
The Line: Washington Nationals +110 / Philadelphia Phillies -132 -- Over/Under: 9
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The Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies meet Monday in MLB action at Citizens Bank Park.

The Washington Nationals look for a nice road win to get a game above a .500 record. The Nationals have scored 21 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last seven games. The Washington Nationals have won four of their last five games when scoring more than two runs. Anthony Rendon leads the Nationals with 13 hits and nine RBI while Adam Eaton and Juan Soto have combined for 17 hits and seven RBI. Anibal Sanchez gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA and three strikeouts this season. Sanchez is 5-9 with a 4.66 ERA and 97 strikeouts in his career against the Phillies.

The Philadelphia Phillies look for another victory to build on their solid 6-2 start to the season. The Phillies have scored 14 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in six of their first eight games. The Philadelphia Phillies have won seven of their last eight gams when scoring more than two runs. Jean Segura leads the Phillies with 11 hits and five RBI while Bryce Harper and Rhys Hoskins have combined for 19 hits and 18 RBI. Vince Velasquez gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and two strikeouts this season. Velasquez is 2-2 with a 4.76 ERA and 39 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.

The Nationals are 3-7 in their last 10 Monday games, 2-7 in their last 9 during game 1 of a series and 1-5 in their last 6 games following a win. The Phillies are 6-1 in their last 7 vs. National League East, 6-13 in their last 19 during game 1 of a series and 1-4 in Velasquez's last 5 starts. The Nationals are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Philadelphia and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The over is 4-0 in Velasquez's last 4 starts overall. The over is 4-1 in Nationals last 5 road games.

Sanchez was surprisingly good and consistent last year, but he was rocked in his season debut and hasn't been the most trustworthy pitcher on the road when you look at his numbers the past few years. Velasquez had an ERA of 5.40 at home last year and enters this game with just one inning under his belt this season. The difference in this game is that the Phillies have an offense that's been tearing the cover off the ball all season, and they gave Sanchez a world of trouble in four innings just a few days ago. I have to side with the Phillies and the cheap price. 

Philadelphia Phillies -132

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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