Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies
The Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies face off on Friday in Washington in game one of the NL East series. The Nationals are -170 favorites over the Phillies with an over/under run total set at 7.
The Washington Nationals return home from the West Coast in hopes of closing the gap on the leaders in the National League East. The Nationals are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 12-9 at home this season, and are 4.5 games behind the Braves in the NL East. As a team the Nationals are hitting .225 with Bryce Harper hitting .288, Ian Desmond hitting .269, and Denard Span hitting .266. The Nationals opponents are hitting .251 and the Washington pitching staff has an ERA of 3.53. For game one against the Phillies the Nationals start Jordan Zimmerman who has been the best pitcher on the Washington staff this season. For the year Zimmerman has allowed 49 hits and 12 earned runs while striking out 45 over 66.2 innings for a 7-2 record and a 1.62 ERA.
The Philadelphia Phillies got off to a miserable start and it looked like this just wasn’t their year but they have picked it up of late and appear to be making a move in the standings. The Phillies are 7-3 in their last 10 games, 12-12 on the road this season, and they are 5.5 games back and in third place in the National League East. As a team the Phillies are hitting .249 with Michael Young hitting .287, Chase Utley hitting .272, Jimmy Rollins hitting .264, and Ryan Howard hitting .263. The Phillies opponents are hitting .250 and the Philadelphia pitching staff has an ERA of 4.14. For game one in Washington the Phillies start Kyle Kendrick who lost last time out for the first time since the first week of April. For the season Kendrick has allowed 56 hits and 19 earned runs while striking out 41 over 60.2 innings for a 4-2 record and a 2.82 ERA.
The Nationals are 6-2 in their last eight home games against a right-handed starter, 1-4 in their last five games overall, and 21-7 in Zimmerman’s last 28 starts. Philadelphia is 4-1 in their last five road games, 11-4 against the NL East, and 6-1 in Kendrick’s last seven starts. Philadelphia is 1-4 in the last five meetings of these two.
We have two pitchers who are pitching well and two teams playing well I’m going with the under.