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Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies - 5/5/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Philadelphia Phillies (17-13) at Washington Nationals (16-16)
Date & Time Saturday May 5, 2018, 4:05 PM (EDT)
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The Line: Washington Nationals -130 / Philadelphia Phillies +120 --- Over/Under: 8.5
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MLB | Philadelphia Phillies (17-13) at Washington Nationals (16-16)
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Over at Nationals Park on Saturday, the Philadelphia Phillies and the Washington Nationals will be continuing their weekend MLB series. 

In the Friday opener of this set, the Nationals piled on seven runs in the first two innings and cruised to a 7-3 win. 

For Saturday’s game, the Phillies will be bringing out RHP Vince Velasquez in the start. In his 30.0 innings and 1-4 record this year, Velasquez has a 5.70 ERA with 34 Ks and nine BBs. 

Heading into this set, Odubel Herrera led the way for the Phillies with 36 hits, 16 runs and 14 RBI. On Friday, Herrera Went 1-for-4. 

Over on the Nats’ side, they’re going with RHP Tanner Roark in the start Saturday. In his 38.0 innings and 2-2 record this year, Roark has a 3.55 ERA with 32 Ks and 13 BBs. 

Washington’s top hitter entering this series was Trea Turner with 36 hits, 16 runs and 12 RBI. In the Friday game, Turner had a hit and two runs. 

The Phillies are 6-2 in their last eight during game two of a series and 8-22 in Velasquez’s last 30 starts. Philadelphia is also 7-22 in Velasquez’s last 29 starts on grass and 1-4 in his last five Saturday starts. 

Meanwhile, the Nationals are 1-4 in Roark’s last five starts and 1-7 in his last eight starts with four days’ rest. Washington is also 0-4 in Roark’s last four starts in game two of a series and 1-4 in his last five starts versus the NL East. 

Velasquez has had a couple of rough starts lately, giving up 10 earned in 8.2 innings over his last two outings. Roark has had a couple of stinkers as well but seems to be more consistent overall right now. I’m going Nationals here.

Washington Nationals -130

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