Jerome Williams (6-7, 4.77 ERA) and Gio Gonzalez (10-10, 3.57 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Philadelphia Phillies (1-2) and the Washington Nationals (1-2) at Citizens Bank Park. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Apr. 10 and can be seen on MASN2 and CSN-PHI.
Williams will take the mound after recording 115.0 innings last year, closing out the season with a 6-7 record, 4.77 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, and 82 strikeouts. Against the Phillies, Gonzalez is 6-4 with a 3.05 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 72 strikeouts. Michael Taylor (.308 ) has been successful at the plate to the start the season, going 2 for 5 yesterday with two RBIs.
Washington takes on Philadelphia as a -159 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at seven runs. The Phillies are the fifth-best team in the NL at limiting hits to their opponents, allowing only 6.0 hits per game so far this season.
In games where it is the favorite, Washington has a 1-2 record and an overall money line of -174. Washington's pitching staff has set the standard for its league, with an NL-low 0.50 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Nationals are fourth in the NL with an average of 5.5 hits allowed per game.
Predictions: SU Winner - WSH, O/U - Over
Philadelphia recorded at least two errors for the second time this season.
The Nationals are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded nine strikeouts. The Phillies have a record of 0-2 when they are struck out that many times or more.
The Phillies and the Nationals are both 1-0 when they notch more hits than their opponent.
Both Philadelphia and Washington are tied at 23rd in runs, each scoring six this season.
Both Philadelphia and Washington are tied at 16th in walks with a total of seven this season.
The Phillies are 1-0 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Nationals are 1-1 when they hit at least one homer.