In the last of a three-game series between the Philadelphia Phillies (26-26) and the Washington Nationals (32-21) at Citizens Bank Park, Adam Morgan (1-3, 6.67 ERA) and Max Scherzer (5-4, 4.05 ERA) get the start. The Phillies lost the last game 5-1, extending a five-game losing streak. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jun. 1 and will air on CSPh and MAS2.
In his most recent outing, Morgan pitched 4.0 innings, allowing six runs, striking out three and walking one in a 6-2 loss to the Cubs. Odubel Herrera (.319, 28 Rs, 5 HRs, 17 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday. The Nationals were also unsuccessful the last time Scherzer pitched. He did not do well, pitching 7.0 innings, giving up five runs, striking out six and walking four in a 6-2 loss to the Cardinals. Daniel Murphy (.397, 29 Rs, 9 HRs, 34 RBIs, 1 SB) has been doing well offensively for the Nationals, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Nationals -220 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 7.5.
Predictions: SU Winner - WAS
The Nationals sit at 20-13 against their divisional rivals, while the Phillies are 14-12.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Phillies are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Nationals have a 16-0 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
It looks like the Nationals have a slight leg up on the Phillies, as the Nationals have won their last three games while the Phillies have lost their last five.
When they outhit their opponents, the Nationals are 25-6. The Phillies have a 16-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 29th in runs, Philadelphia has earned 164 this season. Washington ranks 12th with 226 runs.
Ranking 27th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 126 this season. Washington ranks in the top five with 190.
The Phillies are 20-11 when they hit at least one home run. The Nationals perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 25-10 record.