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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals - 5/4/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies
Date & Time Saturday May 4, 2019, 7:05 PM (EDT)
Citizens Bank Park
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Line
The Line: Washington Nationals +100 / Philadelphia Phillies -120 -- Over/Under: 8
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The Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies meet Saturday in MLB action at Citizens Bank Park.

The Washington Nationals could use a win after losing seven of their last nine games. The Nationals have scored five runs in their last three games and three or less runs in seven of their last eight games. The Washington Nationals have lost 10 of their last 11 games when scoring three or less runs. Adam Eaton leads the Nationals with 37 hits and nine RBI while Victor Robles and Anthony Rendon have combined for 55 hits and 30 RBI. Patrick Corbin gets the ball, and he is 2-1 with a 3.58 ERA and 44 strikeouts this season. Corbin is 3-2 with a 3.41 ERA and 27 strikeouts in his career against the Phillies.

The Philadelphia Phillies look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Phillies have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Philadelphia Phillies have won seven straight games when scoring more than one run. Cesar Hernandez leads the Phillies with 33 hits and 10 RBI while Rhys Hoskins and J.T. Realmuto have combined for 62 hits and 46 RBI. Jake Arrieta gets the ball, and he is 4-2 with a 3.46 ERA and 30 strikeouts this season. Arrieta is 1-2 with a 5.26 ERA and 62 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.

The Nationals are 1-4 in their last 5 Saturday games, 2-6 in their last 8 games on grass and 2-6 in their last 8 vs. a team with a winning record. The Phillies are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. National League East, 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 4-1 in Arrietas last 5 starts vs. National League East. The Nationals are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Philadelphia and 6-2 in the last 8 meetings. The under is 6-2 in Arrietas last 8 starts overall. The over is 5-1 in Nationals last 6 Saturday games.

W're getting two ace pitchers, so you really can't go wrong either way. The difference between the two teams is that the Washington Nationals haven't been able to put consistent offense together at all, while the Philadelphia Phillies are top-10 in runs per game and have put up crooked numbers all week. Arrieta is also 3-1 this season as a home favorite. I have to side with the more balanced team in the Phillies at home. 

Philadelphia Phillies -120

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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