Jake Thompson (1-3, 9.78 ERA) and the Philadelphia Phillies (60-70) go up against Tanner Roark (13-7, 2.99 ERA) and the Washington Nationals (75-55) in the first of a three-game division series at Citizens Bank Park. The game gets underway at 7:05 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 29 and will air on CSPh and MAS2.
In his most recent outing, Thompson pitched 5.0 innings, allowing seven runs, striking out two and walking four in a 9-1 loss to the White Sox. The Nationals were also unsuccessful the last time Roark pitched. He struggled, going 5.0 innings, allowing five runs (one unearned), striking out four and walking three in a 10-8 loss to the Orioles. Bryce Harper (.254, 71 Rs, 23 HRs, 74 RBIs, 18 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable at the moment. The Phillies have a SU record of 23-27 against teams in their division. Philadelphia has averaged 3.1 runs per game during divisional play, lower than its season average of 3.8. Philadelphia's pitchers are doing better against opposing batters during divisional games, only allowing an average of 4.3 runs per game, well under their season average of 4.8.
Against divisional opponents, the Nationals are 35-16 SU. They sport the fourth-ranked offense in the NL, averaging 4.8 runs per game. The Nationals are one of the top pitching staffs in the NL, essentially shutting down opponents to the tune of 3.8 runs allowed per game. They have a WHIP of 1.191, third best in the MLB. They also have some of the most overpowering arms in the NL with an average of 8.7 strikeouts per road game.
The Nationals have gotten the better of the Phillies in head-to-head matchups this season, going 8-4. This game will feature Roark (RHP) on the mound against the Phillies, who have a 46-55 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Nationals will be the right-hander Thompson. They sport a 58-42 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - WAS
The Nationals hold a 35-16 record in matchups against NL East Division rivals, while the Phillies currently sit at 23-27 in these games.
The Phillies are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Nationals have a 10-11 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they are outhit, the Phillies are 14-56. The Nationals have a 13-32 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 23rd in home runs, Philadelphia has hit 132 this season. Washington ranks fifth with 174 home runs.
Ranking 14th, Philadelphia is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.09 per game. Washington ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 8.77.
Ranking 29th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.688). Washington ranks in the top 10 at seventh with an OPS of .766.
When the Nationals allow at least one home run, they are 42-44. When the Phillies allow one or more homers, they have a 27-56 record.