Sean O'Sullivan (0-1, 6.39 ERA) and Max Scherzer (0-1, 0.00 ERA) take the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Philadelphia Phillies (3-2) and the Washington Nationals (1-4) at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies won the last game 3-2 and Philadelphia leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 1:35 p.m. ET on Sunday, Apr. 12 and can be seen on MASN2 and CSN-PHI.
O'Sullivan will take the mound after recording 12.2 innings last year, closing out the season with a 0-1 record, 6.39 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and seven strikeouts. Carlos Ruiz (.385 ) had a good game yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run and one RBI. When pitching against the Phillies, Scherzer is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 12 strikeouts. Michael Taylor (.286 ) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one stolen base.
Washington is favored (-200) over Philadelphia and the Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at seven runs. The Phillies have an overall money line of +68 and a record as the underdog of 2-1. Philadelphia has had an incredible season thus far against division opponents, earning perfect 0-0 and 1-0 records as the favorite and SU respectively. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Phillies, who rank fifth in the NL in strikeouts per home game with 8.8.
In games where it is the favorite, Washington has a 1-3 record and an overall money line of -333. They have played poorly as the favorite with a 1-3 record against NL East opponents, and a 1-3 record SU.
The Phillies have the edge in the season series, 2-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - WSH, O/U - Over
The Phillies haven't lost a game against any of their NL East Division opponents, sitting at a 2-0 record. The Nationals, on the other hand, has a 1-4 record against these teams.
When leading after 7 innings, Philadelphia is 2-0, while Washington is 0-3.
The Phillies are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded nine strikeouts. The Nationals have a record of 0-4 when they are struck out that many times or more.
It looks like the Phillies have a slight leg up on the Nationals, as the Phillies have won their last two games while the Nationals have lost their last three.
Neither the Phillies (3-0) nor the Nationals (1-0) have lost a game when they outhit opponents.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total runs this season, Philadelphia ranks 21st with 13 runs and Washington is 29th with nine.
Philadelphia and Washington both rank in the bottom half of the league in walks. Philadelphia sits at 16th with 13 this season and Washington ranks 20th with 12.
When the Phillies hit at least one home run, they are 1-0. When the Nationals hit at least one homer, they have a 1-3 record.