Kevin Correia (0-1, 4.30 ERA) and Stephen Strasburg (4-5, 5.90 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Philadelphia Phillies (26-49) and the Washington Nationals (41-33) at Citizens Bank Park. The Nationals won the last game 5-2, continuing a seven-game winning streak. Action begins at 1:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jun. 28 and can be seen on MASN and CSN-PHI.
Correia is 3-4 with a 3.40 ERA in his appearances against the Nationals, and goes up against a good Washington offense which is batting .259 this season. Ben Revere (.294, 40 Rs, 1 HR, 19 RBIs, 18 SBs) went 1 for 1 Friday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Against the Phillies, Strasburg is 5-2 with a 2.48 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and 92 strikeouts. Bryce Harper (.340, 53 Rs, 24 HRs, 58 RBIs, 3 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Nationals, going 2 for 5 Friday with one run and one RBI.
Washington takes on Philadelphia as a -168 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at seven runs. The Phillies have recorded an overall money line of -1,479 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 23-44. Philadelphia has had a discouraging season against division opponents, earning records of 9-21 and 10-22 as the underdog and SU respectively. The Phillies have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 4.9 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 3.3 runs per game. Philadelphia's pitching staff has been doing poorly against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, allowing an average of 7.9 runs per game, well above its season average of 5.0.
In the other locker room, Washington is coming in with an overall money line of +115 and an impressive record of 33-22 as the favorite. They played solid baseball as the favorite over their last 10 games with a 6-1 record, and an 8-2 record SU. Offensively, they average 4.4 runs per game, which is good for third in the NL. The Nationals are tough outs for opponents, ranking fifth in the NL with 8.8 hits per game. The Nationals allow 4.0 runs per game, but have improved upon those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 2.1 runs per game during that span. When it comes to issuing walks, the Nationals have the second-fewest in the NL with an average of just 2.3 walks allowed per game.
The Nationals lead the season series, 7-4. The Phillies have a bad 21-39 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Strasburg takes the mound. Correia (RHP) will be on the hill against the Nationals, who have a 30-29 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - WSH, O/U - Over
The Nationals sit at 21-12 against the division, while the Phillies are 10-22
When the Nationals play into extra innings, they have a 5-1 record. The Phillies are 2-4 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Nationals are coming into this game after allowing zero walks during their last outing. The Phillies have a 1-6 record when opponents give up that many walks.
When they are outhit, the Phillies are 8-38. The Nationals have a 7-31 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 29th in home runs, Philadelphia has hit 47 this season. Washington ranks ninth with 76 home runs.
Ranking 13th, Philadelphia is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.12 per game. Washington ranks in the top five at fifth with 8.80.
Ranking 29th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.650). Washington ranks in the top 10 at ninth with an OPS of .731.
The Nationals are 13-19 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Phillies are 11-34 when they allow at least one homer.