Phillies Trying to Stay in NL East Race
The Philadelphia Phillies look to avoid a three-game sweep against the Washington Nationals. They are 6.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves going into Wednesday’s action. They face the Primadonna Stephen Strasburg of the Nationals in the final game of the series.
Wednesday, September 12 at 7:00 PM ET
Citizens Bank Park
Wind: 4mph is blowing Out
Odds: Phillies are -130-moneyline favorites. The total is 7 Over -115.
Strasburg earns a no-decision against the Cubs
Stephen Strasburg (7-7, 4.04 ERA, 1.21 WHIP) allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks in his last outing. He finished with six strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings to earn a no-decision in a 6-4 loss against the Cubs last Thursday.
Strasburg has pitched well on the road, going 5-2 with a 2.42 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP in seven starts.
The Nationals have scored 679 runs (11th in the majors). They are putting up 4.68 runs per game (11th), hitting .252 (11th) with 171 home runs (14th).
Washington ranks 16th with a 4.01 ERA, 9th with a 1.24 WHIP and 11th with 1267 strikeouts. Their bullpen ranks 13th with a 3.92 ERA.
Bryce Harper leads the Nationals with 32 home runs, 92 RBI and a .390 OBP. Anthony Rendon has 19 home runs and 71 RBI. Juan Soto has 18 home runs and 60 RBI.
Nola wins against the Mets
Aaron Nola (16-4, 2.29 ERA, 0.96 WHIP) gave up three earned runs on three hits (two home runs) in his last outing. He finished with a walk with eight strikeouts over seven innings in a 4-3 win against the Mets last Friday.
Nola has made a strong case to win the NL Cy Young. He is ranked second in the league with 16 wins, second with a 2.29 ERA, third with an 0.96 WHIP. He is third with 188 2/3 innings pitched and fourth with 196 strikeouts and he’s 9-1 with a 2.21 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP in 14 home starts.
The Phillies have scored 613 runs (21st in the majors). They are putting up 4.26 runs per game (21st), hitting .238 (28th) with 168 home runs (15th).
Philadelphia ranks 15th with a 3.96 ERA, 12th with a 1.27 WHIP and 6th with 1299 strikeouts. Their bullpen ranks 15th with a 3.98 ERA.
Rhys Hoskins leads the Phillies with 30 home runs and 89 RBI. Carlos Santana has 23 home runs and 82 RBI. Maikel Franco has 22 home runs and 67 RBI.
The Under is:
37-18-1 in Washington’s last 56 road games
51-25-4 in Washington’s last 80 road games against a right-handed starter
4-0 in Strasburg’s last four road starts
6-2 in Strasburg’s last eight starts with five days of rest
8-3 in Strasburg’s last 11 starts against National League East opponents
7-3 in Strasburg’s last 10 starts when their opponent allows five runs or more in their previous game
19-6-3 in Nola’s last 28 starts after scoring five runs or more in their previous game
18-7-3 in Nola’s last 28 starts overall
7-3-2 in Nola’s last 12 starts with four days of rest
7-3-1 in Nola’s last 11 starts following a Quality Start in his last appearance
Strasburg Pitches Well at Citizens Bank Park
Stephen Strasburg is 4-0 with a 1.62 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP in nine career starts at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies are struggling to put up runs as of late.
Aaron Nola has a decent record at home and he’s 4-1 with a 2.12 ERA and an 0.92 WHIP in his last seven starts.
The Under is 5-0 in Strasburg’s last five road starts against the Phillies. It is 6-1 in Nola’s last seven starts against the Nationals. Take the Under at plus money.
MLB Pick: Under 7 (+105) at Jazz Sports
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