Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies
The Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies meet on Saturday for game two of their weekend series. The Phillies are -150 favorites over the Nationals with an over/under run total set at 9.
The Washington Nationals haven’t quit all season and they didn’t quit on Friday as they rallied for six runs in the bottom of the ninth to get the win. Ryan Zimmerman hit a walk off grand slam, Wilson Ramos had two hits including a home run, and Ian Desmond had two hits and drove in two runs as the Nationals scored eight runs off of 10 hits. On the mound Livan Hernandez appeared to be in trouble as he allowed seven hits and four earned runs over four innings of work but it was Todd Coffey who picked up his fourth win of the year after pitching a perfect ninth inning. For Saturday’s rematch Washington starts John Lannan who has a win, a loss and a no decision in his last three starts. For the season Lannan has allowed 141 hits and 56 earned runs while striking out 84 in 142 innings of work.
The Philadelphia Phillies have the best record in the Majors but even so they were reminded once again that if you don’t play every game until the final out, no lead is safe against anyone. On Friday Carlos Ruiz had two hits, and Hunter Pence, Ryan Howard, and Chase Utley all had hits as the Phillies scored four runs off of eight hits. Kyle Kendrick ended up getting the start in place of Roy Oswalt allowing five hits and two runs and looked to be a winner but Ryan Madson allowed five hits and six runs while retiring just two batters to blow his second save and take his second loss of the year. On Saturday Philadelphia looks to bounce back but the starter for the game has not been announced as of yet, please check back as we will add that info as soon as it becomes available.
Washington is 7-2 in their last nine home games, 6-2 in their last eight against the N.L. East, and 7-2 in Lannan’s last nine starts. Philadelphia is 43-17 in their last 60 games overall, 59-30 in their lst 89 road games, and 36-17 in their last 53game two of a series. The Nationals are 1-8 in Lannan’s last nine starts against Philadelphia.
Look for this to be a high scoring affair. Take the over 9 here.