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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals - 9/12/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Washington Nationals (73-72) at Philadelphia Phillies (74-70)
Date & Time Wednesday September 12, 2018, 7:05 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -144 / Washington Nationals +134 --- Over/Under: 7.5
TV Channel
MASN, NSPA
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MLB | Washington Nationals (73-72) at Philadelphia Phillies (74-70)
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The Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies meet Wednesday in MLB action at Citizens Bank Park.

The Washington Nationals look for another victory while building on their four-game winning streak. The Nationals have scored 16 runs in their last three games and three or more runs in 10 straight games. The Washington Nationals have won 10 of their last 15 games when scoring at least three runs. Trea Turner leads the Nationals with 158 hits and 62 RBI while Anthony Rendon and Bryce Harper have combined for 259 hits and 163 RBI. Stephen Strasburg gets the ball, and he is 7-7 with a 4.04 ERA and 124 strikeouts this season. Strasburg is 11-2 with a 2.50 ERA and 179 strikeouts in his career against the Phillies.

The Philadelphia Phillies need a victory here after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Phillies have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Philadelphia Phillies have split their last 10 games when scoring more than one run. Cesar Hernandez leads the Phillies with 139 hits and 49 RBI while Odubel Herrera and Rhys Hoskins have combined for 256 hits and 154 RBI. Aaron Nola gets the ball, and he is 16-4 with a 2.29 ERA and 196 strikeouts this season. Nola is 4-4 with a 3.38 ERA and 95 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.

The Nationals are 2-8 in their last 10 during game 3 of a series, 1-4 in their last 5 Wednesday games and 36-15 in Strasburgs last 51 road starts. The Phillies are 4-10 in their last 14 vs. National League East, 20-6 in Nolas last 26 home starts and 20-7 in Nolas last 27 starts. The Nationals are 18-5 in Strasburgs last 23 starts vs. Phillies, 6-1 in Strasburgs last 7 road starts vs. Phillies and the Phillies are 2-5 in Nolas last 7 home starts vs. Nationals.

Nola has been a lights out pitcher for much of the season, which includes a 2.21 ERA and an allowed batting average of .210 at home. However, the Philadelphia Phillies aren't playing winning baseball right now and look like a team that's given up on the playoff race. Strasburg has also allowed three or less runs in seven of his last 10 starts, and he's giving up just a .237 batting average with 50 strikeouts in 177 at bats against current Phillies. It's hard to turn down the plus money here.

Pick:
Washington Nationals +134

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