Tanner Roark (2-2, 2.62 ERA) is on the hill for the Washington Nationals (14-6) as they square off against Aaron Nola (1-2, 4.50 ERA) and the Philadelphia Phillies (11-10) in the last of a three-game series at Nationals Park. The Phillies won the last game 3-0, and Philadelphia leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 4:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, Apr. 28 and can be seen on CSPh and MASN.
Roark pitched 7.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering zero runs, striking out 15 and walking three in a 2-0 win over the Twins. Daniel Murphy (.391, 10 Rs, 2 HRs, 9 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 yesterday. Nola went 7.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out seven and walking two in a 5-2 win over the Brewers in his most recent start. Maikel Franco (.291, 6 Rs, 5 HRs, 14 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
The odds for Washington and Philadelphia are Washington -160, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.5.
The Phillies lead the season series, 3-2.
Predictions: SU Winner - WAS
The Nationals hold an 11-6 record in matchups against NL East rivals, while the Phillies currently sit at 6-5 in these games.
When leading after seven innings, Washington is 5-3, while Philadelphia is 5-5.
The Phillies are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded nine strikeouts. The Nationals have a record of 7-5 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Nationals are 1-5. The Phillies have a 3-8 record when opponents outhit them.
Philadelphia ranks near the bottom of the league at 21st when it comes to home runs, hitting 19 this season. Washington ranks in the top half with 23.
Ranking 27th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.57 per game. Washington ranks in the bottom half at 19th with 8.00.
Ranking 27th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.671). Washington ranks in the bottom half at 18th with an OPS of .714.
The Phillies are 4-8 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Nationals are 7-5 when they allow at least one homer.