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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals - 5/3/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies
Date & Time Friday May 3, 2019, 7:05 PM (EDT)
Citizens Bank Park
Philadelphia, PA
The Line
Philadelphia Phillies -157 / Washington Nationals +144 -- O/U: 9
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The Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies meet in the opener of a three game NL East division set from Citizens Bank Park on Friday night.

The Washington Nationals will look to build some steam after picking up a win from their series with St. Louis, taking the finale by a final score of 2-1 on Thursday. Howie Kendrick went 2 for 4 while Adam Eaton, Matt Adams and Yan Gomes each had a base hit as well as none of Washington’s five hits went for extra bases in the winning effort. Stephen Strasburg got the win to improve to 3-1 after allowing one run on six hits while striking out nine over 6.2 innings of work. Sean Doolittle closed out the 9th for his 4th save of the campaign. Jeremy Hellickson will start game one and is 2-0 with a 5.82 ERA and 13 strikeouts this season. In his career, Hellickson is 2-1 with a 2.18 ERA and 16 strikeouts against the Phillies.

The Philadelphia Phillies had Thursday off but will look to keep building after winning 4 of 5 and 5 of their last 7 following a 7-3 win over Detroit in their last outing. Maikel Franco went 2 for 4 with a double and three RBIs while Rhys Hoskins had a solo homer. Andrew McCutchen, Cesar Hernandez and Phil Gosselin each had RBIs with Gosselin hitting a double while Hernandez and McCutchen each had three hits. Jean Segura and J.T. Realmuto each went 2 for 4 with a double while Sean Rodriguez had a base hit as well to cap off Philly’s offense as a team in the win. Aaron Nola went 5.2 innings, allowing one run on seven hits while walking three and striking out six. Seranthony Dominguez picked up the win to improve his mark to 2-0 on the year. Jerad Eickhoff will start the opener and is 1-1 with a 2.12 ERA and 20 strikeouts this season. In his career, Eickhoff is 1-1 with a 2.88 ERA and 24 strikeouts against Washington.

Washington is 7-19 in their last 26 series opening matchups and 2-5 in Hellickson’s last 7 road starts while the over is 13-5 in their last 18 division games. Philadelphia is 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 5-2 in Eickhoff’s last 7 home starts while the under is 7-2-1 in their last 10 games overall. Washington is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams and 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams in Philadelphia.

The Nationals and the plus money could be worth a look as the Nats look to build on that solid win over the Cardinals on Thursday. However, even though he hasn’t taken the loss, Hellickson hasn’t looked good in his last couple of starts, surrendering five earned in each for a total of 11 runs, 10 earned, in his last eight innings of work. Eickhoff is coming off of his best start of the year where he tossed seven shutout innings, not to mention the Phillies have the rest advantage after not having to play on Thursday. I think laying the juice with the Phillies has to be the play here.

Philadelphia -157

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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