Washington Nationals vs Philadelphia Phillies Prediction, 8/31/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Washington Nationals vs Philadelphia Phillies
Date: Monday, August 31, 2020
Location: Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Nationals (+105) Phillies (-115)
Citizens Bank Park is the site where Andrew McCutchen and the Philadelphia Phillies (14-14, 3rd in NL East) will take on the Washington Nationals (12-18, 5th in NL East) on Monday. The Nationals open this matchup at +105 while the Phillies are priced at -115. The over/under is set at 10. The pitchers who are expected to start will be Erick Fedde and Spencer Howard.
Key Washington Nationals Injuries
8/29/2020 Starlin Castro 2B Wrist Out for the season
8/24/2020 Seth Romero RP Hand Out for the season
8/22/2020 Stephen Strasburg SP Hand Out for the season
8/18/2020 Sam Freeman RP Elbow Out for the season
8/13/2020 Roenis Elias RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
6/29/2020 Adrian Sanchez 3B Achilles Out for the season
Key Philadelphia Phillies Injuries
8/30/2020 Ranger Suarez RP Illness Expected to be out until at least Sep 10
8/29/2020 David Robertson RP Elbow Out for the season
8/25/2020 Jose Alvarez RP Groin Expected to be out until at least Sep 25
8/22/2020 Jay Bruce LF Quadriceps Expected to be out until at least Sep 4
7/25/2020 Seranthony Dominguez RP Elbow Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Nationals have a 12-18 overall record this season. Fedde (7-9 mark in his career) has a FIP of 5.39 and he has gone up against 729 opposing batters in the majors. His earned run average is 5.15 (95 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.559. He has surrendered 186 base hits (10.1 hits per 9 innings) and has 73 walks. Fedde has taken the hill for 166 frames and has accounted for 108 K's during his pro baseball career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.23 and they have given up 110 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .220 against the bullpen and they've struck out 116 hitters and walked 51 batters. As a team, Washington allows 9.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.8 batters per nine innings. They are 21st in the league in team earned run average at 4.88. The Nationals pitchers collectively have given up 284 base hits and 140 earned runs. They have allowed 42 home runs this season, ranking them 12th in the league. Washington as a pitching staff has walked 97 batters and struck out 251. They have walked 3.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.48 and their FIP as a unit is 4.54.
As a team Washington is hitting .268, good for 2nd in the league. The Nationals hold a .443 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .336, which is good for 5th in baseball. They rank 3rd in MLB with 8.9 hits per game. Trea Turner is hitting .350 with an on-base percentage of .410. He has 42 hits this season in 120 at bats with 17 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .617 and an OPS+ of 170. Victor Robles is hitting .236 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .314. He has totaled 21 hits and he has driven in 11 men in 89 at bats. His OPS+ is 77 while his slugging percentage is at .348. The Nationals have 268 hits, including 51 doubles and 38 home runs. Washington has walked 92 times so far this season and they have struck out 221 times as a unit. They have left 200 men on base and have a team OPS of .778. They score 4.8 runs per contest and have scored a total of 144 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Philadelphia has a 14-14 overall mark this year. Howard has surrendered 19 hits while he has accumulated 11 K's in 11 innings pitched. He has surrendered 8 ER's while earning a WHIP of 2.143 and being the owner of a FIP of 7.2. His SO/W ratio is 2.20 and he has faced 59 hitters. Howard (0-1 record) has a 6.43 ERA while allowing 15.3 hits per nine innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 7.11 and they have given up 127 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .297 against the Phillies bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 93 batters and walked 39 opposing hitters. As a team, Philadelphia allows 10.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.3 batters per nine innings. They are 22nd in the league in team earned run average at 4.95. The Phillies pitchers as a team have surrendered 268 base knocks and 131 earned runs this season. They have given up 42 home runs this year, which ranks 13th in Major League Baseball. Philadelphia as a staff has walked 82 hitters and struck out 247 batters. They give up a walk 3.1 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.3 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.47 while their FIP as a staff is 4.49.
As a team, they are batting .260, good for 5th in the league. The Phillies hold a .451 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .344, which is good for 2nd in baseball. They rank 10th in MLB with 8.6 hits per contest. Andrew McCutchen comes into this matchup batting .275 with an OBP of .318. He has 28 hits this year along with 18 RBI in 102 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .392 with an OPS+ of 91. Bryce Harper is hitting .303 this season and he has an OBP of .439. He has collected 27 hits in 89 at bats while driving in 21 runs. He has an OPS+ of 178 and a slugging percentage of .607. The Phillies as a unit have 240 base hits, including 41 doubles and 41 homers. Philadelphia has walked 104 times this year and they have struck out on 210 occasions. They have had 197 men left on base and have an OPS of .795. They have scored 5.36 runs per game and totaled 150 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Nationals/Phillies MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Nationals (+105)
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