Washington Nationals vs Philadelphia Phillies Prediction, 6/22/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Washington Nationals vs Philadelphia Phillies
Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Location: Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Odds/Point Spread: Washington (-105) Philadelphia (-116)
Zack Wheeler and the Philadelphia Phillies (34-35, 2nd in NL East) host the Washington Nationals (33-36, 4th in NL East) at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday. The Phillies open this contest at -116 while the Nationals are coming in at -105. The O/U is set at 7. The pitchers expected to start will be Max Scherzer and Zack Wheeler.
The Nationals have hit 98 two-baggers as a unit and have knocked 71 balls out of the park. Washington is slugging .392 and have been called out on strikes 579 times, while drawing a walk on 204 occasions. As a team, the Washington Nationals are recording 3.8 runs/g, which puts them at 28th in baseball. They have 251 runs batted in as well as 555 hits so far this season, while their batting average comes in at .248. They have a total of 260 runs scored while holding a team OBP of .318.
The Nationals are sitting with a team earned run average of 3.72 on the year (11th in the league), and the staff has rung up 591 batters. They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.69 and the pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.20. Nationals pitchers have given up 84 home runs in addition to 272 total runs (7th in MLB). Their pitching staff has walked 220 opposing batters and their FIP is 4.25 as a unit this season.
The Nationals have dispatched 229 relief pitchers to the mound this year. The relief pitchers have inherited 80 base runners for the season and 26.3% of those players earned a run for their team. They have accumulated 16 saves on the season and have blown 8 out of their 24 save chances. The Nationals relievers have recorded a save percentage of 66.7% and stepped onto the hill in 58 save situations. The relief pitchers have tallied 33 holds for the season (17th in the league). Nationals bullpen pitchers have come into the game with opponents on base 53 times and also have had 61 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Nationals have turned 72.1% of baseballs in play into outs out of 5,331 innings on the field, which has them sitting 3rd in professional baseball. The Washington Nationals have earned 1,777 putouts on the year, as well as 580 assists and 35 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .985 which is 6th in professional baseball, and have a total of 508 double plays.
Scherzer (180-97 career record) sits with a FIP of 3.14 while he has faced 9,862 opposing hitters during his time in the major leagues. He has surrendered 2,001 hits (7.4 hits per 9 innings) and has had 656 free passes. His ERA is 3.18 (860 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.091. Scherzer has thrown 2,434 frames and has totaled 2,888 strikeouts during his MLB career.
The Phillies hold a slugging % of .391 and they are recording 4.28 runs per contest (17th in the league). They have recorded 108 doubles, while taking a walk 219 times and putting up 295 runs. Philadelphia has knocked in 73 home runs for the season and 284 RBIs. They have struck out on 668 occasions (8th in the league) and have recorded 554 base knocks. The Philadelphia Phillies have accounted for a team OBP of .312 and a team batting average of .241 on the season.
The Phillies hold a team WHIP of 1.275 in addition to having a FIP of 4.19 as a staff this season. They rank 17th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits allowed with 560. The Philadelphia pitching staff have given up 306 runs on the season while having a team ERA of 4.20 (282 earned runs given up). Their K/BB ratio sits at 3.02 (635 strikeouts against 210 walks). They have given up 89 long balls and they yield 4.56 runs per 9 innings (15th in MLB).
Philadelphia has had bullpen pitchers take the mound in 29 save opportunities and they have come away with 15 saves. They sit at 26th in baseball holding a save percentage of 51.7%, and they have sent 212 relievers onto the field so far this year. Their relief pitchers have come in 82 times in high leverage situations and also on 59 occasions with runners on. Philadelphia relief pitchers have an inherited score rate of 39.8% of 88 inherited runners. Sitting with 61 save situations, the Phillies have accumulated 30 holds and 14 blown saves.
The Philadelphia Phillies have turned 67 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .983 (16th in MLB). The Phillies have 614 assists, 41 errors and have accounted for 1,812 putouts on the season. In 5,436 innings on the field, the Phillies have accumulated a defensive efficiency of 68.7% (22nd in baseball).
Wheeler (53-43 win-loss record in his career) has earned a 3.53 ERA while allowing 8.2 hits per 9 innings. His K/BB ratio is 2.91 and he has faced 3,844 opposing hitters in his pro baseball career. He has given up 360 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.247 and having a FIP of 3.5. So far in his MLB career, Wheeler has given up 835 hits while he has accumulated 897 strikeouts in 916 frames.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Washington (-105)
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