In any given season, there are going to be teams that are great and teams that are awful. It becomes interesting when those teams at either end of the spectrum collide, as there is always the possibility of a shock result taking place. The Washington Nationals are back atop the NL East, and they will be looking to avoid any MLB betting surprises when they face the Philadelphia Phillies for a 3-game road series starting on Friday.
Brief Analysis on the Philadelphia vs Washington MLB Betting Lines Preview & Game Info
Time: Friday, 7:05 p.m. ET
Venue: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
National TV: none
Opening line: Nationals -205, Phillies +190 (7)
The Washington Nationals (39-33) have, for the most part, failed to live up to expectations this season. In fairness, most people had them running away with this division in comfortable fashion, so it’s almost not right to say that they are underachieving when they have a 3.5 game lead in hand. The fact of the matter, though, is that they have struggled at times this year, and their starting pitching has not really been what everyone thought it would be.
That said, they seem to be on a bit of a roll, and must still be on a high after watching Max Scherzer throw a no-hitter last week. That is the sort of performance that a team can build on, and their run of 5-straight wins suggests that they are ready to do that. It will be Scherzer (8-5, 1.76 ERA) who will get the start for the Nationals in the opening game of this series.
The Philadelphia Phillies (26-48) were expected to be pretty awful this season, and they have certainly live up, or is it down, to that billing. They are 14 games out of first in the division, have a -122 run differential, and have only managed to win 9 games on the road. That makes it all the more stunning that they were able to take 2 of 3 from the Yankees in their most recent series, and they even went on a modest 3-game win streak that saw them crank out a total of 31 runs.
Those sorts of moments have been few and very far between for Philly this season, so no-one is really taking this little spurt as a sign of a revival. Aaron Harang (4-9, 3.41 ERA) will be on the mound for the Phillies on Friday. The Phillies have lost each of the last 7 games that Harang has started.
Key Betting Trends
- Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington’s last 5 games
- Philadelphia is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
- Philadelphia is 5-14 SU in its last 19 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia’s last 5 games
My Betting Prediction
This is an epic mismatch made even larger by the fact that Scherzer will be pitching for the Nats. He has been lights out all season long, which is why this looks like a total lock for Washington.