Max Scherzer (14-7, 2.92 ERA), attemping to pick up his 200th strikeout of the season, starts for the Washington Nationals (76-55) as they square off against Jerad Eickhoff (9-12, 3.87 ERA) and the Philadelphia Phillies (60-71) in the second of a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park. The Nationals won the last game 4-0, and Washington leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 30 and can be seen on CSPh and MAS2.
Eickhoff pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs and striking out two in a 5-3 win over the White Sox. Odubel Herrera (.283, 67 Rs, 13 HRs, 42 RBIs, 19 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4. Scherzer went 8.0 innings, surrendering zero runs and striking out 10 in a 4-0 win over the Orioles in his last outing. Daniel Murphy (.345, 80 Rs, 25 HRs, 98 RBIs, 3 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Nationals, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
Washington is favored (-250) over Philadelphia and the Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at eight runs. The Phillies have an overall money line of +493 and a record as the underdog of 42-58. Within its division, Philadelphia has a 9-8 as the underdog and a 23-28 SU. The Phillies have seen a decline in scoring against teams inside their division, averaging 3.0 runs per game. They average 3.7 runs per game on the season. Philadelphia's pitchers put it all together when division rivals are on the field. Its average runs allowed per game drops to 4.3 against fellow NL East members, compared to its 4.8 season average.
In the other locker room, in contrast to a worrisome overall money line (-325), Washington has an impressive 66-38 record when playing as the favorite. They have been playing solid baseball as favorite with a 31-12 record against teams in their division, and a 36-16 record SU. Offensively, they average 4.8 runs per game, which is good for fourth in the NL. Moving on to Washington's pitching staff and defense, the Nationals allow just 3.8 runs per game, ranking them second in the NL. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Nationals are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.186 for the season. The Nationals have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an NL-best 8.7 strikeouts per road game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The Nationals have controlled the season series, 9-4. The Phillies have a 46-56 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Scherzer takes the mound. Eickhoff (RHP) will be on the hill against the Nationals, who have a 59-42 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - WAS, O/U - Over
The Nationals sit at 36-16 against their divisional rivals, while the Phillies are 23-28.
When leading after seven innings, Washington is 32-24, while Philadelphia is 30-32.
The Nationals are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Phillies have a 12-31 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Nationals are 57-14. The Phillies have a 40-7 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 29th in runs, Philadelphia has earned 489 this season. Washington ranks sixth with 635 runs.
Ranking 29th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 329 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 449.
The Phillies are 50-38 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Nationals are 60-31 when they hit at least one homer.