Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals 8/23/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Thursday, August 23, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Aaron Nola vs. Max Scherzer
Nationals Park is the site of the matchup between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Washington Nationals on Thursday, August 23, 2018. The probable starting pitchers are Aaron Nola for the Phillies and Max Scherzer for the Nationals.
Philadelphia opens at +173 while Washington opens at -183. The Phillies have a 54-65-6 over/under record and a 63-62-0 run line mark. The Nationals are 62-64-0 against the run line and have a 55-67-4 over/under record.
Valuable Philadelphia Phillies Betting Trends
The Philadelphia Phillies are 54-65-6 against the over/under
The Philadelphia Phillies are 63-62-0 against the run line
Important Washington Nationals Betting Trends
The Washington Nationals are 55-67-4 against the over/under
The Washington Nationals are 62-64-0 against the run line
Key Philadelphia Phillies Injuries
08/16/18 P Austin Davis Back 10-day DL (08/16)
08/16/18 P Aaron Loup Forearm 10-day DL (08/16)
07/23/18 P Edubray Ramos Knee 10-day DL (07/23)
07/10/18 CF Pedro Florimon Foot 60-day DL (07/10)
05/08/18 P Adam Morgan Back 10-day DL (05/08)
04/27/18 P Ben Lively Back 10-day DL (04/27)
03/26/18 P Jerad Eickhoff Back 60-day DL (03/26)
Key Washington Nationals Injuries
08/21/18 P Tommy Milone Shoulder 10-day DL (08/20)
08/19/18 P Stephen Strasburg Neck 10-day DL (07/22) expected to be activated Wednesday vs Philadelphia Phillies
08/17/18 P Jeremy Hellickson Wrist 10-day DL (08/16)
08/15/18 P Ryan Madson Back 10-day DL (08/14)
08/14/18 LF Howie Kendrick Ankle is out for season
07/10/18 P Sean Doolittle Toe 10-day DL (07/07)
07/05/18 P Erick Fedde Oblique 60-day DL (07/05)
06/12/18 SS Adrian Sanchez Undisclosed 10-day DL (06/12)
04/21/18 P Matt Grace Groin 10-day DL (04/21)
04/19/18 C Jhonatan Solano Elbow 60-day DL (4/19)
03/30/18 P Joaquin Benoit Forearm 60-day DL (03/28)
03/30/18 P Koda Glover Shoulder 60-day DL (03/28)
03/26/18 P Joe Ross Elbow 60-day DL (02/21)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Phillies have a 68-57 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Aaron Nola has a 14-3 record with an earned run average of 2.24 and a WHIP of 0.98 this year. He has 160 strikeouts over his 161 innings pitched and he's given up 114 hits. He's allowed 6.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.73. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.07 and they have given up 412 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .246 against the bullpen and they've struck out 442 hitters and walked 165 batters. As a team, Philadelphia allows 8.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 9 batters per nine innings. They are 12th in the league in team earned run average at 3.87. The Phillies pitchers collectively have given up 1,046 base hits and 484 earned runs. They have allowed 125 home runs this season, ranking them 26th in the league. Philadelphia as a pitching staff has walked 374 batters and struck out 1,125. They have walked 3 men per 9 innings while striking out 9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.26 and their FIP as a unit is 3.73.
As a team Philadelphia is hitting .236, good for 29th in the league. The Phillies hold a .393 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .316, which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 29th in MLB with 8.0 hits per game. Cesar Hernandez is hitting .257 with an on-base percentage of .365. He has 121 hits this season in 470 at bats with 39 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .362 and an OPS+ of 95. Odubel Herrera is hitting .266 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .320. He has totaled 122 hits and he has driven in 62 men in 459 at bats. His OPS+ is 100 while his slugging percentage is at .438. The Phillies have 994 hits, including 185 doubles and 145 home runs. Philadelphia has walked 456 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,178 times as a unit. They have left 867 men on base and have a team OPS of .709. They score 4.3 runs per contest and have scored a total of 538 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Washington has a 63-63 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 2.11, Max Scherzer has a 16-5 record and a 0.89 WHIP this season. He has 234 strikeouts over the 174.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 114 hits. He allows 5.9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 2.59. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.90 and they have given up 367 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .239 against the Nationals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 380 batters and walked 131 opposing hitters. As a team, Washington allows 8.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.8 batters per nine innings. They are 14th in the league in team earned run average at 3.92. The Nationals pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,033 base knocks and 489 earned runs this season. They have given up 148 home runs this year, which ranks 14th in Major League Baseball. Washington as a staff has walked 359 hitters and struck out 1,094 batters. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.24 while their FIP as a staff is 4.03.
As a team, they are batting .251, good for 13th in the league. The Nationals hold a .415 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .328, which is good for 6th in baseball. They rank 14th in MLB with 8.5 hits per contest. Trea Turner comes into this matchup batting .267 with an OBP of .335. He has 137 hits this year along with 52 RBI in 513 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .409 with an OPS+ of 95. Bryce Harper is hitting .248 this season and he has an OBP of .381. He has collected 107 hits in 432 at bats while driving in 80 runs. He has an OPS+ of 132 and a slugging percentage of .512. The Nationals as a unit have 1,073 base hits, including 208 doubles and 152 homers. Washington has walked 461 times this year and they have struck out on 1,003 occasions. They have had 894 men left on base and have an OPS of .744. They have scored 4.62 runs per game and totaled 582 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Phillies/Nationals MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Phillies +173
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