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The Philadelphia Phillies take on the Washington Nationals in Game 1 of a doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon from Nationals Park. The Nats send right-hander Erick Fedde to the mound against right-hander Zach Elfin. This is a make-up game thanks to the rainout on Monday. (edit: Monday and Tuesday’s games were rained out. Nats will now start Patrick Corbin instead of Fedde).
The Bryce is right?
Bryce Harper signed in the offseason with Philadelphia for 13 years, $330 million after seven seasons with the Nationals. Harper is hitting .247 and has not had a multi-hit game since June 5 and has a 29.4% strikeout rate. The good news for the Phillies is that Harper hit .214 before the All-Star break last season and wound up hitting .300 in the second half. The Phils could use the second-half Harper as they are 3.0 games behind Atlanta in the NL East and 6.0 ahead of fourth-place Washington.
Zach Elfin toes the slab for the Phillies on Wednesday afternoon. He’s 6-6 with a 2.81 ERA and an impressive 1.15 WHIP. Elfin has been pretty consistent, allowing 2 or less earned runs in seven of his last 10 games. He’s coming off a strong performance against Arizona on June 12, giving up two runs in eight innings, while striking out nine in a 2-0 loss. Elfin has pitched against Washington twice this season, allowing just one run in 12 innings with 14 strikeouts.
Is is time to get something for Rendon?
Like Harper, Anthony Rendon is due to make an enormous deal in the offseason. The elite third baseman is having a great first half, hitting .321 with 16 homers and 50 RBI, despite missing 14 games due to injury. The 29-year old Rendon is not going to get 13 years and probably not $330 million but he may be a better all-around player. If Washington can’t sign him long-term and at 33-38, they are struggling to even be an afterthought in the wild card race. The Nats are starting a seven-game homestand against the Phillies and Braves. If they don’t make some gains in the standings, it might be time to get the best deal for their best position player.
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The Nats send young Erik Fedde to the mound, who has made five starts this season, replacing injured fifth starter Jeremy Hellickson. At times, Fedde has been very good, allowing 3 or less runs in his first four starts. But on Thursday, he was pummeled for five runs in six innings against Arizona at home, including giving up two dingers. Last season, Fedde faced the Phillies three times and had mixed success. He gave up eight runs in 16.2 innings with 22 hits and walks.
The Phils are dealing with some key injuries right now as OF Jay Bruce (hamstring) and C J.T. Realmuto (groin) are listed as questionable. Realmuto is hitting .277 with 10 homers and 36 RBI, while Bruce has 19 homers and 41 RBI in his time with Seattle and Philadelphia.
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- 4-0 last 4 during game 2 of a series.
- 7-3 last 10 vs. a right-handed starter.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Have to go with strictly the pitching matchup in this one. I’ve stuck with this pick with lefty Patrick Corbin now going because he’s been horrible in his last three starts. I just can’t believe he’s a -183 favorite. The home field advantage is negligible in a first game of a doubleheader at home when the crowd size is going to be sparse. Take the road team in this one.
Prediction: Philadelphia +173
Full-Game Total Pick
Philly is usually an over team unless Elfin pitches. They are 7-2-1 Under their last 10 with him on the mound. The Nats have scored just two runs in their two games against Elfin this season. Corbin should also bounce back from a poor performance in his last start against a Phillies lineup that is dinged up.