Stephen Strasburg (3-4, 5.98 ERA) and the Washington Nationals (25-17) go up against Cole Hamels (4-3, 3.24 ERA) and the Philadelphia Phillies (18-26) in the second of a three-game division series at Nationals Park. The Nationals won the last game 2-1, extending a six-game winning streak. The game gets underway at 4:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 23 and will air on TCN-PHI and MASN.
Strasburg is 5-1 with a 2.00 ERA against the Phillies in his career, and is up against a less-than-stellar Philadelphia offense that's hitting just .240 on the year. Bryce Harper (.336, 38 Rs, 16 HRs, 39 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. In his pitching opportunities against the Nationals, Hamels is 15-9 with a 2.72 ERA. He meets a strong Washington offense that's batting .260. Ryan Howard (.257, 14 Rs, 9 HRs, 21 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Washington is a -150 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is six runs. The Nationals have a winning record of 21-12 when playing as the favorite and an overall money line of +241. They are 8-1 as the favorite over their last 10 games. Washington has averaged 6.9 runs per game over the last 10 games, higher than its season average of 5.0. The Nationals have the most prolific offense in the entire NL, averaging 5.0 runs per game. The Nationals rank fifth in the NL in hits with 8.8 per game. The Nationals typically don't swing at bad pitches, which has led to an impressive 3.5 walks per game. Turning to the pitching staff, the Nationals rank fifth in the NL in home ERA with a 2.85 team average. The Nationals don't give up many hits to opposing batters at Nationals Park, ranking fifth in the NL with only 8.3 hits allowed per home game.
On the other side, the Phillies have a record of 16-23 when they are the underdog and are -337 overall with the money line. Against divisional rivals, they are 9-16 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with an 8-15 record. During the last 10 games, they averaged 4.2 runs per game, above their 3.2 season average. The Phillies average just 7.0 strikeouts per road game, one of the lowest marks in the NL.
The Nationals have gotten the best of the Phillies in head-to-head matchups this season, going 5-3. This game will feature Hamels (LHP) on the mound against the Nationals, who have a 3-0 home and 6-2 overall record when they take on a left-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Phillies will be the right-hander Strasburg. They sport a 14-21 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - WSH, O/U - Over
The Phillies are struggling at 9-17 in their division, while the Nationals sit at 16-11.
When leading after 7 innings, Washington is 13-7, while Philadelphia is 9-15.
The Nationals are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Phillies have a 1-9 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
The Nationals are coming into the game with six consecutive wins, while the Phillies currently have a losing streak of two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Phillies are 13-3. The Nationals have a 17-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 30th, Philadelphia sits at the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 137 this season. Washington ranks in the top five at second with 207.
Ranking 22nd, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 107 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 144.
The Nationals are 19-7 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Phillies are 8-11 when they hit at least one homer.