In the second of a four-game series between the Washington Nationals (4-6) and the Philadelphia Phillies (4-6) at Nationals Park, Max Scherzer (0-1, 0.66 ERA) and Sean O'Sullivan (0-0, 3.00 ERA) get the start. The Phillies lost the last game 5-2, extending a five-game losing streak. The game gets underway at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Apr. 17 and will air on CSN-PHI and MASN2.
Scherzer has a 3.38 ERA and a 1-1 record in his career against the Phillies, and is up against a less-than-stellar Philadelphia offense that's hitting just .215 on the year. Michael Taylor (.282, 2 Rs, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. In his career against the Nationals, O'Sullivan is 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and five strikeouts. Jeff Francoeur (.231, 3 Rs, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run.
Washington is a heavy -251 favorite at home and the Over/Under (O/U) for this matchup is seven runs. When playing as the favorite, the Nationals have a 2-4 record and overall money line at -435. The Nationals lead the NL in home ERA with a 1.33 team average. The Nationals don't give up many hits to opposing batters at Nationals Park, ranking second in the NL with only 7.0 hits allowed per home game.
Across the field, the Phillies have a record of 3-5 when they are the underdog and are -232 overall with the money line. Against divisional rivals, they are 2-4 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 2-4 record. Philadelphia's pitching staff tends to perform well when they play division rivals. They've allowed an average of 3.5 runs per game against teams from the NL East, lower than their season average of 4.1.
The Nationals will take on a right-hander (O'Sullivan) in this game and have a 2-5 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Scherzer will take the mound against the Phillies, who have a 2-5 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - WSH, O/U - Under
The Phillies are struggling at 2-5 in their division, while the Nationals sit at 3-4.
When the Nationals and the Phillies play into extra innings, both teams have a 1-1 record.
The Phillies managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Nationals who are heading in with a 3-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When outhit, both the Nationals and the Phillies have records of 0-6.
Philadelphia ranks near the bottom of the league at 21st when it comes to home runs, hitting six this season. Washington ranks in the top five at fifth with 11.
Washington and Philadelphia both rank in the top half of the league in hits. Washington sits at 13th with 7.22 hits per game and Philadelphia ranks 12th with 7.33.
Ranking 27th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.602). Washington ranks in the bottom half at 17th with an OPS of .661.
When the Phillies allow at least one home run, they are 2-5. When the Nationals allow one or more homers, they have a 2-2 record.