Philadelphia Phillies vs Washington Nationals: Predictions, Odds and Roster Notes
How to Watch
Where: Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
When: Tuesday, April 2nd at 7:05 PM EST
How (TV/Radio): MLB Network, Phillies TV: NBCSPH, Nationals TV: MASN, Phillies Radio: WIP 94.1 FM, Nationals Radio: WJFK/106.7 FM
Philadelphia Phillies (3-0)
The Phillies swept the Atlanta Braves on the first weekend of the MLB season behind two home runs from Bryce Harper.
Philadelphia is the only undefeated team in the Major Leagues after the first weekend.
The Phillies currently stand at 6-1 odds to win the National League and 12-1 to take the World Series.
Washington Nationals (1-2)
The Nationals struggled out of the gate, losing two of three to the upstart Mets.
Trea Turner was the star of the series for Washington with two homers and four stolen bases against the Mets.
Washington has slid a bit to 7-1 odds to win the National League and 14-1 to win the World Series for the 2019 season.
Phillies: Zach Elfin
Seven days away from turning 25 years old, Zach Elfin is a big six-foot, six-inch right-hander that strikes out nearly a batter per inning.
Last season, Elfin threw 128 innings, winning 11 games with a 4.36 ERA and 123 strikeouts.
- Left-handed batters feasted off Elfin last year, hitting .282 with nine homers.
- On the road in 2018, Elfin had a 5.62 ERA and allowed a batting average of .280.
- The tall righty allowed a .220 average with runners in scoring position last season.
Nationals: Max Scherzer
Scherzer pitched well in his debut on opening day but was bested by the Mets ace, Jacob deGrom.
Throwing 109 pitches over 7.2 innings on opening day, Scherzer was dominant, striking out 12 Mets and only walking three.
- Scherzer was virtually unhittable for left-handed batters last season, allowing only a .195 average.
- Scherzer had problems at home last season with home runs. On opening day, Robinson Cano tagged the righty for a solo shot.
- Scherzer struck out 12 of the 28 batters he faced on the opening day.
The Phillies scored 23 runs in their first three games of the season.
The team combined for eight home runs with Andrew McCutchen, Maikel Franco, and Harper leading the way with two each.
Philadelphia struck out 26 times in three games with the Braves but walked 20 times.
- Former teammates Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer will face each other for the first time.
- Odubel Herrera is 14 for 41 lifetime against Scherzer with two homers.
- Rhys Hoskins is 0 for 11 against the power righty in his career.
Washington scored 14 runs in their first three-game series against the Mets.
With Turner, rookie Victor Robles also had a fantastic series against the Mets. Robles went five for 11 with a homer and three doubles.
- Anthony Rendon is three for eight against Eflin in his career with one RBI.
- OF Juan Soto is even better with a lifetime mark of four for eight against the Phillies pitcher.
- SS Trea Turner is a lifetime two for eight against the righty.
- Aaron Nola will start for Philly on Wednesday.
- Maikel Franco had seven RBI from the bottom of the Philly lineup in the opening series.
- Free agent signee David Robertson had a rocky start with the Phillies, giving up three earned runs in his first two appearances for the team.
- Ryan Zimmerman started all three games at 1B over Matt Adams.
- Trevor Rosenthal has given up five earned runs without recording an out in 2019.
- Anibal Sanchez will pitch on Wednesday against the Phillies.
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