Washington Nationals (42-39) at Philadelphia Phillies (44-37)
|Date & Time||Sunday July 1, 2018, 1:35 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -101 / Washington Nationals -109 --- Over/Under: 9
The Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies meet Sunday in MLB action at Citizens Bank Park.
The Washington Nationals could use a feel good victory here after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Nationals have scored 22 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Washington Nationals have lost 14 straight games when scoring three or less runs. Trea Turner leads the Nationals with 87 hits and 29 RBI while Anthony Rendon and Bryce Harper have combined for 130 hits and 84 RBI. Gio Gonzalez gets the ball, and he is 6-5 with a 3.68 ERA and 82 strikeouts this season. Gonzalez is 11-7 with a 2.60 ERA and 139 strikeouts in his career against the Phillies.
The Philadelphia Phillies look for a victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Phillies have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 12 games. The Philadelphia Phillies have won six of their last eight games when scoring at least three runs. Odubel Herrera leads the Phillies with 88 hits and 46 RBI while Cesar Hernandez and Rhys Hoskins have combined for 149 hits and 77 RBI. Jake Arrieta gets the ball, and he is 5-6 with a 3.54 ERA and 59 strikeouts this season. Arrieta is 1-2 with a 5.02 ERA and 50 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.
The Nationals are 1-6 in their last 7 road games, 5-1 in Gonzalezs last 6 starts on grass and 5-2 in Gonzalezs last 7 Sunday starts. The Phillies are 0-5 in their last 5 games vs. a left-handed starter, 1-4 in Arrietas last 5 starts and 1-4 in Arrietas last 5 starts on grass. The Nationals are 19-8 in the last 27 meetings in Philadelphia, 27-13 in the last 40 meetings and 2-5 in Gonzalezs last 7 road starts vs. Phillies.
The Washington Nationals simply aren't playing good baseball right now, and they're throwing out a pitcher in Gonzalez who has allowed four or more runs in three of his last four starts. The last time Gonzalez took the mound, he allowed six runs in one inning against the Tampa Bay Rays. Arrieta has his struggles this season as well, but he has a 2.42 ERA with an allowed batting average of .211 in 48.1 innings at home. Not to mention the Phillies are playing better ball overall. Give me the Philadelphia Phillies at home and the cheap price.