In the second of a three-game series between the Washington Nationals (14-5) and the Philadelphia Phillies (10-10) at Nationals Park, Gio Gonzalez (1-0, 1.42 ERA) and Jeremy Hellickson (1-1, 5.21 ERA) take the mound. The Phillies won the last game 4-3, and Philadelphia leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Apr. 27 and will air on CSPh and MASN.
In his most recent outing, Gonzalez pitched 6.0 innings, allowing three runs (one unearned), striking out eight and walking one in an 8-4 victory over the Twins. Bryce Harper (.328, 15 Rs, 9 HRs, 24 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with one RBI. The Phillies were also victorious the last time Hellickson pitched. He did not do well, pitching 4.1 innings, giving up four runs, striking out six and walking one in a 5-4 victory over the Mets. Maikel Franco (.289, 6 Rs, 5 HRs, 14 RBIs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one RBI.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Nationals -200 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is 8 at the moment.
Predictions: SU Winner - WAS
The Nationals have an 11-5 record against the NL East Division, while the Phillies have split their meetings with divisional opponents, 5-5.
Philadelphia has won 44% (4-5) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Washington has won 71% (5-2) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Phillies managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Nationals who are heading in with a 4-4 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Phillies are 6-1. The Nationals have a 12-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 29th, Philadelphia sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 66 this season. Washington ranks in the top half at 14th with 82.
Ranking 28th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 51 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 with 68.
When the Nationals hit at least one home run, they are 10-3. When the Phillies hit at least one homer, they have a 9-5 record.