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The Washington Nationals will be looking for another win as they host the Philadelphia Phillies this Thursday. The Nationals are 35-38 after beating the Phillies in their last game. Meanwhile, the Phillies are 39-34 after losing to the Nationals on Wednesday. Now, both teams will be looking to improve upon their respective records in this game.
Phillies Continue To Struggle On The Road
The Philadelphia Phillies have won 39 of their first 73 games. In addition, the team is currently in second place in the NL East division as the team is still looking like the playoff contender that people expected before the season started. However, the team has looked extremely underwhelming on the road this season as the team has only won 16 of its first 36 road games this season. Now, the team will look to avoid getting swept by the Nationals on the road with a victory on Thursday. For this matchup, the Phillies will turn to Aaron Nola who is 6-1 with a 4.89 ERA this season. If the Phillies plan on avoiding the sweep, he will need to pitch well.
— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) June 19, 2019
The Philadelphia Phillies are led by star outfielder Bryce Harper who has been tremendous over the last few seasons. Last season, Harper hit 34 home runs along with 100 RBIs. However, that was with the Washington Nationals and he decided to sign a massive contract with the Philadelphia Phillies this offseason. Harper enters this season as being the potential missing link for the franchise as the team looks to return to the MLB postseason in the immediate future. So far this season, Harper has been very underwhelming as he is only batting .245 along with just 12 home runs and 49 RBIs.
Nationals Look To Get Closer To .500
The Washington Nationals have been a major disappointment thus far, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. In addition, the team is currently in third place in the NL East division as the team is still failing to live up to its preseason hype. But they are just 4.0 games off the pace for the second wild card. One of the main reasons for the team’s struggles is the team’s inability to take advantage of its home field. The team has looked extremely average at home this season as the team has only won 19 of its first 36 home games this season. However, the team has the opportunity to get a sweep against a division rival with a win on Thursday.
Victor Robles has made 8 starts vs. PHI in 2019.
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) June 20, 2019
The Washington Nationals are led by third baseman Anthony Rendon who was unbelievable last season. Last season, Rendon hit 24 home runs along with 92 RBIs as he remained a serious threat within the team’s lineup. However, Rendon is also a fantastic contact hitter as his batting average has never been below .264 by the end of each of his first six seasons. So far this season, he has looked dialed in at the plate as he currently has a .309 batting average through the team’s first 73 games.
- Nationals are 8-1 in their last 9 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
- Nationals are 6-1 in their last 7 vs. National League East.
- Phillies are 1-7 in their last 8 during game 3 of a series.
- Phillies are 1-4 in their last 5 Thursday games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Simply put, I like the way that the Nationals have played recently and I think that they will ride that momentum in this one. Philadelphia has only scored three combined runs in their last three games and I think that the Phillies will continue to struggle on the road in this one. I expect this game to be close throughout but I think the Nationals will do just enough to squeak out of this game with a victory.
Prediction: Washington Nationals
Full-Game Total Pick
Since both of these teams possess below average pitching staffs, I have to lean to the over in this game. Furthermore, the Nationals and the Phillies have the ability to put up at least five runs in any baseball game so I think that this total is too low. I can see this game being somewhere in the realm of 6-5 so I will recommend the over in this game.