Stephen Strasburg (0-1, 6.75 ERA) and David Buchanan (0-2, 11.42 ERA) take the hill in the last of a four-game series between the Washington Nationals (5-7) and the Philadelphia Phillies (4-8) at Nationals Park. The Phillies won the last game 5-3 and Washington leads the series 2-1. Action begins at 1:35 p.m. ET on Sunday, Apr. 19 and can be seen on CSN-PHI and MASN2.
Strasburg is 4-1 with a 2.09 ERA in his appearances against the Phillies, and goes up against a below-average Philadelphia offense which is batting just .212 this season. Bryce Harper (.279, 10 Rs, 4 HRs, 7 RBIs) kept up his hot start yesterday, going 2 for 3 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. When pitching against the Nationals, Buchanan is 0-1 with a 10.50 ERA, 2.00 WHIP, and six strikeouts. Odubel Herrera (.308, 5 Rs, 3 RBIs, 3 SBs) has been successful at the plate to the start the season for the Phillies, going 3 for 4 yesterday with two runs, one RBI, and two stolen bases.
This one isn't expected to be close when Washington, a substantial -229 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 -235 and a record as the favorite of 4-4. Within its division, Washington has a 4-4 record as favorite and a 4-4 record SU. The Nationals have seen a decline in scoring against teams inside their division, averaging 3.1 runs per game. They average 4.2 runs per game on the season. The Nationals are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 35. As for the pitchers, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Nationals, who have a team ERA of only 3.14. The Nationals are the top team in the NL at limiting hits during home games, allowing only 6.6 hits per contest to their opponents this season.
As for their opponent, Philadelphia is coming in with an overall money line of -432 and a disappointing record of 3-7 as the underdog. They have played poorly as the underdog with a 2-6 record against teams in their division, and a 3-7 record SU.
The Nationals have a 3-5 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Buchanan takes the mound. Strasburg (RHP) will be on the hill against the Phillies, who have a poor 0-4 record on the road against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - WSH, O/U - Under
The Phillies are struggling at 3-6 in their division, while the Nationals sit at 4-5.
The Nationals and the Phillies are both 1-1 in games that go into extra innings.
The Phillies are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded nine strikeouts. The Nationals have a record of 1-7 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Phillies are 3-1. The Nationals have a 4-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 26th in runs, Philadelphia has earned 31 this season. Washington ranks ninth with 49 runs.
Ranking 14th, Philadelphia is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 32 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 37.
When the Nationals hit at least one home run, they are 5-5. When the Phillies hit at least one homer, they have a 1-2 record.