Jeremy Hellickson (4-3, 3.97 ERA) and the Philadelphia Phillies (26-24) go up against Tanner Roark (3-4, 2.71 ERA) and the Washington Nationals (30-21) in the first of a three-game division series at Citizens Bank Park. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 30 and will air on CSPh and MASN.
In his most recent outing, Hellickson pitched 7.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out seven and walking one in a 3-1 loss to the Tigers. The Nationals were also unsuccessful the last time Roark pitched. He pitched well, going 7.0 innings, giving up two, striking out five and walking two in a 2-0 loss to the Mets. Daniel Murphy (.387, 27 Rs, 7 HRs, 30 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
The odds are Nationals -140 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.5.
The Phillies have gotten the best of the Nationals in head-to-head matchups this season, going 4-2.
Predictions: SU Winner - WAS
The Phillies are 14-10 against their divisional rivals, while the Nationals are 18-13 against their division.
The Phillies managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Nationals who are coming in with a 4-4 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Nationals are 4-14. The Phillies have a 6-18 record when opponents outhit them.
Philadelphia ranks near the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 38 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 64.
Ranking 27th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.68 per game. Washington ranks in the bottom half at 19th with 8.20.
Ranking 28th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.656). Washington ranks in the top half at 14th with an OPS of .732.
The Nationals are 18-18 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Phillies are 9-19 when they allow at least one homer.