Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals
|Date & Time||Tuesday June 18, 2019, 7:05 PM (EDT)|
Washington Nationals -110 / Philadelphia Phillies -110
The Philadelphia Phillies and the Washington Nationals meet in an NL East division matchup in MLB action from Nationals Park on Tuesday.
The Philadelphia Phillies will look to swing some momentum in their favor after having Monday’s series opener postponed. The Phillies will be looking to rebound from a 15-1 loss at the hands of Atlanta, suffered in their series finale on Sunday. Bryce Harper accounted for the lone Phillies’ RBI while Scott Kingery had a double. Maikel Franco, Andrew Knapp, Vince Velasquez and Brad Miller each contributed base hits as well in the losing effort. Vince Velasquez took the loss, falling to 2-4 on the year after allowing four runs on four hits while striking out four over 2.1 innings of work. Jake Arrieta will start this one and is 6-5 with a 4.31 ERA and 70 strikeouts this season. In his career, Arrieta is 1-2 with a 5.07 ERA and 69 strikeouts against Washington.
The Washington Nationals will look to keep their momentum going after a 15-5 win over Arizona on Sunday to earn a series split in the process. Matt Adams had a pair of home runs and seven RBIs while Kurt Suzuki had a home run and three RBIs and Anthony Rendon went 3 for 5 with a homer and two RBIs. Howie Kendrick went 3 for 4 with two RBIs while Adam Eaton added a base hit as well to round out Washington’s scoring as a team in the win. Juan Soto and Victor Robles each had base hits as well in the victory for the Nationals. Anibal Sanchez got the win to improve to 3-6 on the year after allowing two runs on six hits while striking out three over six innings of work. Patrick Corbin will get the nod here and is 5-5 with a 4.11 ERA and 94 strikeouts this season. In his career, Corbin is 3-2 with a 3.58 ERA and 33 strikeouts against Philadelphia.
Philadelphia is 8-2 in their last 10 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 6-0 in their last 6 road games. Washington is 7-3 in their last 10 home games while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. Philadelphia is 9-19 in the last 28 meetings between these two teams in Washington.
Both of these starters have been roughed up lately, with Corbin giving up 20 runs, 18 earned, in his last three starts spanning just 12.2 innings while Arrieta has allowed 13 runs in his last 15.2 innings. Logic would maybe say take Philadelphia here as the Phils have the more potentially potent offense, however the difference between the two for me is that Corbin has been a better pitcher at home and the last three starts have all come on the road. At home this season, Corbin is 3-1 with a 2.32 ERA while Arrieta has a sub-.500 record and an ERA over four on the road this season. I just think this is Washington's best shot to steal one right now, so I'll back the Nationals at home to draw first blood here.