Washington Nationals vs Philadelphia Phillies: Predictions, Odds and Roster Notes

How to Watch

Where: Citizens Bank, Philadelphia

When: Tuesday, April 10th at 7:05 PM EST

How (TV/Radio): Nationals TV: MASN, Phillies TV: NBCSPH, Nationals Radio: WJFK/106.7 FM, Phillies Radio: WIP 94.1 FM

Team Notes

Washington Nationals

The Nationals are riding the coattails of their three ace pitchers and the hot bat of Anthony Rendon early in 2019.

Despite the injury to SS Trea Turner and a horrible start from the bullpen, the Nationals sit with a 4-5 record through nine games in 2019.

The Nationals currently have 8-1 odds to win the National League and 16-1 to take the World Series.

Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies have come out as dangerous as advertised with a lethal offense led by OFs Bryce Harper and Rhys Hoskins.

With their 7-2 start to the season, the Phillies have vaulted themselves to the top of the NL East.

The Phillies currently have 6-1 odds to win the National League and 12-1 to win the World Series for the 2019 season.

Pitcher Notes

Nationals: Jeremy Hellickson (0-0, 9.00 ERA)

This will be Hellickson’s first start of the season with his only appearance in 2019 coming in relief against the Phillies on April 2.

In those two innings of work, Hellickson gave up three hits, including a home run, in two innings and 31 pitches.

  • Hellickson started 19 games for the Nationals last season.
  • In 91.1 innings of work in 2018, Hellickson struck out just 65 hitters.
  • The Phillies right-hander did finish the season with a respectable 3.45 ERA and 1.07 WHIP.

Phillies: Nick Pivetta (1-0, 6.52 ERA)

Although he has not gone deep in either game, Pivetta has brought wins in both of his starts this season for the Phillies.

In his last start against Minnesota, Pivetta was roughed up for nine hits over five innings. He struck out four Twins over the five lackluster innings.

  • On the season, the Phillies right-hander has struck out 8 hitters in 9.2 innings.
  • Pivetta has allowed three home runs in 9.2 innings in 2019.
  • After throwing 76 pitches in his first start, Pivetta threw 83 in his second outing of 2019.

Hitter Notes

Washington Nationals

After losing Bryce Harper from the lineup in the offseason, now the Nationals offense will have to deal with the injury to leadoff man SS Trea Turner due to a broken finger.

But in his absence, 3B Anthony Rendon has stepped up delivering four homers in his first nine games this season.

  • 3B Anthony Rendon is 6 for 12 against Pivetta in his career with three home runs.
  • 1B Ryan Zimmerman is 5 for 9 with a homer and four RBI in his career.
  • OF Juan Soto has had success against Pivetta as he’s 3 for 7 with one lifetime home run.

Philadelphia Phillies

After the roster overhaul of the offseason, the Phillies offense has delivered on its promise, averaging 6.33 runs per game this season through nine games.

After starting with a four-game winning streak, the Phillies have won three of their last five through Monday’s 4-3 win over the Nationals.

  • C J.T. Realmtuo is 10 for 33 lifetime against Hellickson with four RBI.
  • OF Bryce Harper is 5 for 18 with two homers against the Washington right-hander in his career.
  • OF Andrew McCutchen is 4 for 11 against Hellickson with five walks.

Roster Notes

Washington Nationals

  • SS Trea Turner is missing due to a broken finger on a bunt attempt, should return in four to six weeks.
  • RP Koda Glover is out with a strained forearm, his return is undetermined.
  • RP Trevor Rosenthal has not recorded an out in his last five relief appearances.

Philadelphia Phillies

  • OF Roman Quinn is on the 10-day IL with a strained oblique.
  • RP Tommy Hunter continues to rehab from a strained flexor with no return date set.
  • Pat Neshek got the save Monday night as the team continues to have no specific closer.

Odds: Washington Nationals vs Philadelphia Phillies

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