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Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies - 4/3/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals
Date & Time Wednesday April 3, 2019, 1:05 PM (EDT)
Nationals Park
Washington, DC
The Line
Washington Nationals +120 / Philadelphia Phillies -141
TV Channel
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The Philadelphia Phillies and the Washington Nationals meet in the finale of their mini two-game NL East division set in MLB action from Nationals Park on Wednesday afternoon.

The Philadelphia Phillies will look to complete the two-game sweep, taking down the Nats on Tuesday to remain unbeaten with an 8-2 win. Jean Segura and Bryce Harper each went 3 for 5 with three RBIs with Harper adding a home run and a double while Segura added a double. Maikel Franco hit a solo home run while Odubel Herrera went 3 for 5 with 3 doubles. Andrew McCutchen had a pair of hits while Cesar Hernandez added a base hit of his own. Zach Eflin got the win to improve to 1-0 after tossing five shutout innings, allowing just three hits while striking out nine. Aaron Nola will start game two and is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA and 8 strikeouts this season. In his career, Nola is 4-5 with a 3.59 ERA and 100 strikeouts against Washington.

The Washington Nationals will look to bounce back and salvage a split after dropping game one on Tuesday. Anthony Rendon went 2 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs while Adam Eaton, Wilmer Difo, Ryan Zimmerman, Yan Gomes and Brian Dozier each had a base hit as well in the losing effort. Max Scherzer fell to 0-2 after allowing two runs, one earned, on seven hits while striking out nine over five innings of work. Anibal Sanchez will start game two and was 7-6 with a 2.83 ERA and 135 strikeouts with Atlanta last season. In his career, Sanchez is 5-9 with a 4.50 ERA and 94 strikeouts against Philadelphia.

Philadelphia is 22-8 in Nola’s last 30 starts and 5-0 in their last 5 games overall while the under is 19-6-3 in Nola’s last 28 division starts. Washington is 5-2 in their last 7 games against a right-handed starter and 6-2 in their last 8 game two matchups while the over is 8-2 in their last 10 games overall. Philadelphia is 1-5 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

I’d like to take the plus money at home with the Nationals, but the fact is that Philadelphia is the better team with their staff ace on the mound at a reasonable price. The Nationals like I’ve said before, appear lost without Bryce Harper early on, and while I’m sure that will turn around, I’m not about to turn down prices like these while the Nationals are cold. Give me the Phillies to stay unbeaten and to complete the sweep.

Philadelphia Phillies -141

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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