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

Game
Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies
Date & Time Sunday May 5, 2019, 2:05 PM (EDT)
Location
Citizens Bank Park
Philadelphia, PA
The Line
Philadelphia Phillies -165 / Washington Nationals +152 -- O/U: 8.5
TV Channel
MASN
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The Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies meet in the rubber match of their three game NL East division set from Citizens Bank Park on Sunday afternoon.

The Washington Nationals will look to win the series after taking game two on Saturday by a final score of 10-8. Kurt Suzuki led the way with a pinch-hit three run home run, while Victor Robles and Brian Dozier each had a solo homer. Adam Eaton and Yan Gomes each had an RBI as well in the winning effort. Carter Kieboom went 2 for 4 while Howie Kendrick, Matt Adams, Wilmer Difo and Andrew Stevenson each had a base hit as well in the winning effort for the Nats. Patrick Corbin allowed three runs on six hits while striking out six over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Tony Sipp got the win to improve to 1-1 while Sean Doolittle grabbed his 5th save of the season. Anibal Sanchez will start the finale and is 0-4 with a 5.91 ERA and 27 strikeouts this season. In his career, Sanchez is 5-10 with a 4.66 ERA and 103 strikeouts against Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Phillies will look to rebound after dropping game two on Saturday. J.T. Realmuto had a double and three RBIs while Andrew McCutchen, Jean Segura, Rhys Hoskins, Sean Rodriguez and Phil Gosselin each had an RBI with McCutchen the only one who didn’t have a double. Bryce Harper had a double as well while Maikel Franco had a base hit as well in the losing effort for the Phils. Jake Arrieta gave up three runs, two earned, while striking out seven over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Adam Morgan ended up with the loss to fall to 1-1 this season. Zach Eflin will start game three and is 3-3 with a 3.34 ERA and 26 strikeouts this season. In his career, Eflin is 2-1 with a 4.34 ERA and 21 strikeouts against Washington.

Washington is 1-4 in Sanchez’s last 5 starts and 2-5 in their last 7 road games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a losing record. Philadelphia is 4-0 in Eflin’s last 4 home starts and 5-1 in their last 6 games overall while the under is 7-0 in their last 7 Sunday games. Washington is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Philadelphia.

The plus money with Washington is tempting given how the bats woke up on Saturday, but the problem is that Sanchez hasn’t been very good this season and has lost his last three starts. Eflin is coming off of a complete game in his last start and in my opinion he also has the more consistent offense behind him so I’ll lay the juice with the Phillies in this one.

Pick:
Philadelphia -165

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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