This game could be low scoring as Tanner Roark (4-4, 3.21 ERA) and the Washington Nationals (37-24) go up against Aaron Nola (5-4, 2.65 ERA) and the Philadelphia Phillies (29-32) in the second of a three-game series at Nationals Park. The Nationals won the last game 9-6, and Washington leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 12:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jun. 11 and will air on CSPh and MASN.
In his last start, Roark pitched 3.0 innings, allowing five runs, striking out three and walking one in a 10-9 victory over the Reds. Daniel Murphy (.376, 38 Rs, 11 HRs, 42 RBIs, 2 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run and three RBIs. The Phillies were victorious over the Brewers 8-1 the last time Nola pitched. He went 6.0 innings, giving up zero runs, striking out nine and walking two.
The Nationals are a -165 favorite for this NL East battle with a total of 7.5.
Pick - Wash
The Nationals have a 22-13 record against the NL East Division, while the Phillies have split their meetings with divisional opponents, 14-14.
The Nationals are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 13 strikeouts. The Phillies have a record of 0-2 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Phillies are 6-25. 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 145 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 213.
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.