Cole Hamels (0-1, 7.20 ERA) and Doug Fister (16-6, 2.41 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Philadelphia Phillies (2-2) and the Washington Nationals (1-3) at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies won the last game 4-1 and Philadelphia leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 11 and can be seen on MASN2 and TCN-PHI.
Hamels is 15-8 with a 2.63 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 213 strikeouts against the Nationals. Freddy Galvis (.385 ) had a good game yesterday, going 3 for 3 with one RBI. Against the Phillies, Fister is 2-2 with a 2.60 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and 19 strikeouts. Michael Taylor (.294 ) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Washington takes on Philadelphia as a -118 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at seven runs. The Phillies have an overall money line of -81 and a record as the underdog of 1-1.
In games where it is the favorite, Washington has a 1-2 record and an overall money line of -174. Washington's pitching staff is one of the top in the NL, with a 1.33 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Nationals are fifth in the NL with an average of 7.0 hits allowed per game.
The Phillies have the edge in the season series, 1-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - WSH, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Philadelphia is 2-0, while Washington is 0-3.
After a weak showing last week where they got in six hits, the Nationals need to step it up. The Phillies have a record of 2-0 when opponents get six hits or fewer.
Neither the Phillies (2-0) nor the Nationals (1-0) have lost a game when they outhit opponents.
Ranking 23rd in runs, Washington has earned seven this season. Philadelphia ranks 16th with 10 runs.
Ranking 21st, Washington is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching eight this season. Philadelphia ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 11.
The Phillies are 1-0 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Nationals are 1-2 when they hit at least one homer.