Joe Ross (5-4, 2.92 ERA) and Adam Morgan (1-5, 6.70 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the Washington Nationals (38-24) and the Philadelphia Phillies (29-33) at Nationals Park. The Nationals won the last game 8-0, and Washington leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 4:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jun. 12 and can be seen on CSPh and MAS2.
Ross pitched 4.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering five runs, striking out five and walking four in a 10-5 win over the White Sox. Daniel Murphy (.374, 38 Rs, 11 HRs, 42 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Morgan went 6.0 innings, surrendering three runs and striking out five in a 6-4 defeat to the Cubs in his last outing. Maikel Franco (.248, 18 Rs, 10 HRs, 32 RBIs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 3 yesterday.
The Nationals are a -260 favorite with a total of 8.5.
Pick - Wash
The Nationals hold a 23-13 record in matchups against NL East rivals, while the Phillies currently sit at 14-15 in these games.
Philadelphia has won 42% (11-15) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Washington has won 68% (17-8) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Phillies didn't score any runs in their last game. The Nationals have a 5-0 record when they don't allow any runs.
When they are outhit, the Phillies are 6-26. The Nationals have a 5-16 record when opponents outhit them.
Philadelphia ranks near the bottom of the league at 26th when it comes to home runs, hitting 53 this season. Washington ranks in the top five with 85.
Ranking 27th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 147 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 215.
The Nationals are 30-13 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Phillies are 23-16 when they hit at least one homer.