Jordan Zimmermann (1-1, 8.64 ERA) and the Washington Nationals (5-6) meet Aaron Harang (1-1, 0.73 ERA) and the Philadelphia Phillies (3-8) in the third of a four-game division series at Nationals Park. The Phillies lost the last game 7-2, extending a six-game losing streak. The game gets underway at 1:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 18 and will air on CSN-PHI, MASN and MLB Network.
Zimmermann is 6-6 with a 3.48 ERA against the Phillies in his career, and faces a less-than-stellar Philadelphia offense that's hitting just .213 on the year. Bryce Harper (.250, 9 Rs, 3 HRs, 6 RBIs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and three RBIs. In his career against the Nationals, Harang is 3-4 with a 2.51 ERA. He gets a struggling Washington offense that's batting just .218. Jeff Francoeur (.241, 3 Rs, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
Washington is a heavy -188 favorite at home and the Over/Under (O/U) for this matchup is set at seven runs. The Nationals are 3-4 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -335. They have disappointing records of 3-4 as the favorite and 3-4 SU within their division. Washington has averaged 2.6 runs per game during divisional play, lower than its season average of 3.9. The Nationals rank fifth in the majors in extra base hits with 34. Washington's pitching staff performs very well on its own field, with an NL-best 1.25 team ERA at home. The Nationals are the best in the NL in hits allowed at home, giving up just 6.5 per game.
Switching gears, the Phillies come into this game with a weak win percentage of .333 when playing as the underdog (3-6) and an overall money line of -332. Against fellow NL East members, they are 2-5 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 2-5 record. Philadelphia's pitching staff tends to perform well when they play division rivals. They've allowed an average of 3.7 runs per game against teams from the NL East, lower than their season average of 4.2.
The Nationals are 3-2 against the Phillies this season. The Nationals will take on a right-hander (Harang) in this game and have a 2-5 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Zimmermann will take the mound against the Phillies, who have a 2-6 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - WSH, O/U - Under
The Nationals are 4-4 against other teams in their division, while the Phillies are 2-6 against their rivals.
Washington has won 38% (3-5) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Philadelphia has won 40% (2-3) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Nationals are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 11 strikeouts. The Phillies have a record of 0-3 when they are struck out that many times or more.
The Nationals are coming into the game with three consecutive wins, while the Phillies currently have a losing streak of six.
When they outhit their opponents, the Phillies are 3-1. The Nationals have a 4-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 27th, Philadelphia sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 26 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 46.
Ranking 13th, Philadelphia is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 28 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 34.
The Nationals are 5-4 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Phillies are 1-2 when they hit at least one homer.