Philadelphia Phillies vs Washington Nationals Predictions, Odds & Picks (August 27)
- Not the good kind of repeat for Washington
- For Phillies, it’s time to go on a run
- Nationals on the search for vintage Max
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Phillies vs Nationals Odds
|Team||Run Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Philadelphia Phillies||+1.5 -134||O 8.5 -110||+165|
|Washington Nationals||-1.5 +110||U 8.5 -110||-189|
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Phillies vs Nationals Predictions and Picks
The Nationals are at a crossroads and they have one of the best pitchers in the world trying to end a losing streak. Should Scherzer get back to his usual ways, the Nationals win this one and that’s what we’re expecting. We like Washington both on the spread and money line.
Betting record through 8/24/20 (19-16-1)
Phillies are 5-1 in their last six games following a win
Phillies are 7-2 in their last nine NL East games
Phillies are 5-2 in their last seven games vs. right-handed starter
Phillies are 3-5 straight up in their last eight games
Phillies are 1-4 in last five road games vs. team with a losing record
Over is 2-0-2 in Phillies last 4 games as a road underdog.
Under is 4-1-1 in Phillies last 6 vs. a team with a losing record.
Nationals are 1-4 straight up in their last five
Nationals are 2-14 in their last 16 home games vs. a right-handed starter.
Over is 4-0 in Nationals last 4 games as a favorite.
Over is 7-1-1 in Nationals last 9 games following a loss.
How to Watch Phillies vs Nationals
|Phillies vs Nationals Information|
|What||Philadelphia Phillies vs Washington Nationals|
|Where||Nationals Park, Washington D.C|
|When||Thursday, August 27, 2020, 6:37 PM EST|
|How to Watch||FOX|
Nationals: Here We Go Again, Sort Of
Last year the Nationals opened the season 12-16 through their first 28 contests. Then they won the World Series, and all was forgiven. There likely won’t be time for that this year, in a 60-game season.
The Nationals are one game back of that mark (11-17) through the same number of contests in 2020 however it’s seeming as if they won’t have enough time to make up for the slow start even if they turned it around.
The Nats are in the NL East basement, having not won consecutive games since Aug 10-11 and are tied for the second-worst record in the National League after going 5-9 in their past 14 contests.
The lack of offense has been the most alarming for Dave Martinez’s squad, most notably the inability to hit the longball. Juan Soto went yard yesterday, but he’s one of just three players (Asdrubal Cabrera and Trea Turner) who have hit more than two home runs on the season.
With the trade deadline less than one week away, the Nationals are having discussions about whether or not they’ll buy, sell, or stand pat. This game will go a long way toward pushing them toward one decision or another.
Seemingly no team has alternated winning and losing stretches more than the Phillies. In their last 15 games, they’ve lost three, won four, lost five and won three to get to their current 12-14 record.
Right now, all is going well and it’s being led by the pitching. After having given up just shy of seven runs per game during their five-game streak, the Phillies have given up just nine total runs in their past three games.
Philadelphia was able to score two in the seventh have trailed 2-1 for a portion of yesterday’s game thanks to an infield single by
Earth to Max
Scherzer has been one of the game’s most dominant pitcher for a number of years. He’s made the All-Star game seven consecutive times and finished top five in Cy Young voting five times and won the award thrice.
However, he hasn’t been the same unhittable Max we’ve all come to expect. Through six starts this season, Scherzer is sporting a 4-31 ERA – which would be his worst since 2011 – to go with a 2-1 record and 44 strikeouts in 33.1 innings.
Scherzer hasn’t thrown a complete game since Aug. 11, throwing 11.2 innings and giving up 15 hits and nine runs in his last two starts.
Still, even with him less than at peak form, the Nationals are 4-2 in the six contests he’s started and 7-15 in the 22 games he hasn’t begun.
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Tony writes about baseball for WSN.com after recently graduating with his Masters from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Prior to that, Tony was a local sports reporter for MLive Media Group, based out of Jackson, Michigan where he covered everything from high school to professional sports. He graduated from Michigan State in 2015 with a degree in journalism. During his time there he covered the Michigan State football and men’s basketball teams from 2013-15 and hosted a sports radio show on WDBM 89FM.