Gio Gonzalez (11-8, 3.94 ERA) and Aaron Harang (6-15, 4.93 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Washington Nationals (79-75) and the Philadelphia Phillies (58-97) at Nationals Park. The Nationals won the last game 2-1 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 1:35 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sep. 27 and can be seen on CSPh and MAS2.
Gonzalez pitched 4.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering four runs, striking out six and walking two in a 4-1 defeat to the Orioles. Bryce Harper (.339, 117 Rs, 41 HRs, 96 RBIs, 6 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 3 for 5 with one run and one RBI. Harang went 7.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out three and walking two in a 6-2 win over the Marlins in his last outing. Ryan Howard (.229, 53 Rs, 23 HRs, 77 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The odds for Washington and Philadelphia are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable as of now. Within its division, Washington has a record of 40-28 SU. The Nationals have no trouble scoring as they rank third in the NL in offense with 4.5 runs per game. Washington's pitchers put it all together when division rivals are on the field. Its average runs allowed per game drops to 3.4 against fellow NL East members, compared to its 4.0 season average. The Nationals are the top team in the NL at limiting walks to their opponents, allowing only 2.2 walks per game so far this season.
The Phillies are 25-43 against fellow NL East members. The Phillies average 5.1 runs allowed per game, but does better whenever another team from the NL East is on the schedule. They bring that runs allowed average down to 4.5 against division foes.
The Nationals lead the season series, 12-6. The Nationals have a 59-59 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Harang takes the mound. Gonzalez (LHP) will be on the hill against the Phillies, who have a 13-21 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Was
The Phillies currently sit below .500 against the NL East Division at 25-44, and the Nationals have a 41-28 record.
Philadelphia has won 40% (29-43) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Washington has won 51% (36-34) of its games when taking a late lead.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Phillies are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Nationals have a 31-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Phillies are 35-16. The Nationals have a 62-11 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 28th, Philadelphia sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 585 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 684.
Ranking 28th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 364 this season. Washington ranks in the top five at fourth with 524.
When the Nationals hit at least one home run, they are 61-38. When the Phillies hit at least one homer, they have a 40-44 record.