Jordan Zimmermann (13-8, 3.49 ERA) and Jerad Eickhoff (1-3, 3.16 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Washington Nationals (78-74) and the Philadelphia Phillies (57-96) at Nationals Park. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 25 and can be seen on CSPh and MAS2.
Zimmermann pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs, striking out seven and walking one in a 5-2 win over the Marlins. Ryan Zimmerman (.249, 43 Rs, 16 HRs, 73 RBIs, 1 SB) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run. Eickhoff went 7.0 innings, surrendering zero runs, striking out five and walking two in a 2-1 defeat to the Braves in his most recent start. Ryan Howard (.229, 53 Rs, 23 HRs, 77 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
This one isn't expected to be close when Washington, a substantial -245 favorite, takes on Philadelphia. The Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at seven runs for this matchup. The Nationals have an overall money line of -1,460 and a record as the favorite of 65-47. Washington is an impressive 7-3 as the favorite over its last 10 games. The Nationals have no trouble scoring as they lead 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.
In the other locker room, Philadelphia is coming in with an overall money line of -1,370 and a disappointing record of 51-87 as the underdog. They played poorly as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 3-7 record, and a 3-7 record SU.
The Nationals have controlled the season series, 11-5. The Nationals have a 59-57 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Eickhoff takes the mound. Zimmermann (RHP) will be on the hill against the Phillies, who have inferior records against right-handed starting pitchers on the road and overall of 17-39 and 44-74, respectively.
Predictions: SU Winner - Was, O/U - Over
The Phillies are struggling at 24-43 in their division, while the Nationals sit at 40-27.
When leading after 7 innings, Washington is 36-34, while Philadelphia is 29-43.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Phillies are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Nationals have an 11-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the Phillies are 34-16. The Nationals have a 61-11 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 28th in runs, Philadelphia has earned 576 this season. Washington ranks seventh with 680 runs.
Ranking 28th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 358 this season. Washington ranks in the top five at fourth with 518.
The Nationals are 61-37 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Phillies are 39-44 when they hit at least one homer.