Aaron Nola (4-3, 2.86 ERA) and the Philadelphia Phillies (26-25) take on Joe Ross (4-4, 2.52 ERA) and the Washington Nationals (31-21) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the second of a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park. The Nationals won the last game 4-3, and Washington leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 31 and can be seen on CSPh and MAS2.
Nola pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering four runs (two unearned), striking out six and walking one in an 8-5 win over the Tigers. Odubel Herrera (.319, 28 Rs, 5 HRs, 17 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Ross went 7.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out four and walking one in a 2-1 win over the Cardinals in his last outing. Daniel Murphy (.395, 28 Rs, 8 HRs, 33 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Nationals, going 3 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs.
The odds for Philadelphia and Washington are Nationals -120, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.
The Phillies lead the season series, 4-3.
Predictions: SU Winner - WAS
The Phillies hold a 14-11 record this season against teams in the NL East Division. The Nationals' record in these matchups is 19-13.
When leading after seven innings, Washington is 14-8, while Philadelphia is 9-12.
The Nationals are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Phillies have a 10-18 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they are outhit, the Phillies are 6-18. The Nationals have a 5-14 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 29th in home runs, Philadelphia has hit 39 this season. Washington ranks seventh with 65 home runs.
Ranking 28th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.65 per game. Washington ranks in the bottom half at 19th with 8.13.
Ranking 28th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.655). Washington ranks in the top half with an OPS of .730.
When the Nationals allow at least one home run, they are 19-18. When the Phillies allow one or more homers, they have a 9-20 record.