Washington Nationals vs Philadelphia Phillies Prediction, 7/29/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Washington Nationals vs Philadelphia Phillies
Date: Thursday, July 29, 2021
Location: Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Odds/Point Spread: Washington (-135) Philadelphia (+110)
Citizens Bank Park is the venue where Vince Velasquez and the Philadelphia Phillies (50-50, 2nd in NL East) will play the Washington Nationals (46-54, 4th in NL East) on Thursday. The moneyline on this contest has the Nationals coming in at -135 and the Phillies are at +110. The O/U has been set at 8.5. The men taking the mound are Max Scherzer and Vince Velasquez.
The Nationals have tallied 155 doubles as a squad and have smacked 115 balls out of the stadium. Washington is slugging .416 and have been called out on strikes 822 times, while drawing a walk on 308 occasions. As a team, the Washington Nationals are notching 4.4 runs per contest, which has them at 16th in MLB. They have compiled 419 RBI's and 844 hits for the year, while their team batting average is sitting at .256. They have accounted for 436 runs and have an on-base percentage of .329.
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Nationals pitchers have surrendered 136 home runs and also 461 runs (18th in baseball). They have walked 317 opposing hitters and their FIP comes in at 4.50 as a squad so far this season. They have accrued a K/BB ratio of 2.66 and their pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.29. The Nationals hold a team earned run average of 4.35 for the year (17th in the league), and their staff has rung up 843 hitters.
The Nationals have dispatched 335 relievers to the mound on the year. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 124 runners this season with 38.7% of them crossed home plate. They have compiled 22 saves this season and have blown 15 of their 37 chances to get a save. The Nationals bullpen have earned a save percentage of 59.5% and has entered the game in 90 save situations. The bullpen have a total of 52 holds for the year (11th in the league). Nationals relief pitchers have stepped onto the hill with players on base 83 times as well as having 93 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Washington Nationals have a total of 2,576 putouts this year, as well as 844 assists and 59 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding steady at .983 which is 22nd in pro baseball, and have a total of 714 double plays. The Nationals have turned 70.2% of baseballs in play into outs out of 7,728 innings on the diamond, which has them ranked 9th in professional baseball.
Scherzer has taken the mound for 2,462 innings and has 2,926 punch outs during his MLB career. His ERA is 3.19 (874 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.091. He has surrendered 2,021 hits (7.4 hits per nine innings) with 666 free passes. Scherzer (182-97 record in his career) has earned a FIP of 3.15 and he has faced 9,978 batters in the majors.
Philadelphia is sitting with 115 home runs this year to go along with 428 RBIs. They have recorded 161 doubles, while walking 351 times as well as racking up 449 runs. The Philadelphia Phillies have an OBP of .318 as well as a team batting average of .241 this season. The Phillies hold a team slugging % of .401 and they score 4.49 runs per contest (13th in MLB). They have been called out on strikes on 922 occasions (9th in MLB) and have a total of 795 hits.
The Philadelphia pitching staff have given up 473 runs so far this year while holding a team ERA of 4.46 (433 earned runs relinquished). They have yielded 132 home runs and they surrender 4.87 runs per 9 innings (20th in MLB). The Phillies have a WHIP of 1.310 in addition to having a FIP of 4.24 as a unit this year. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 2.96 (914 strikeouts against 309 bases on balls). They come in at 20th in MLB as a pitching staff in total hits relinquished with 836.
Philadelphia has had relief pitchers take the mound in 46 save chances and they have come away with 23 saves. They rank 28th in the league with a save rate of 50.0%, and they have sent 311 relievers to the mound on the season. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the hill 105 times in high leverage situations and on 87 occasions with runners on base. Philadelphia relievers have an inherited score rate of 44.5% out of 128 inherited base runners. With 91 save situations, the Phillies have recorded 41 holds and also 23 blown saves.
In their 7,866 innings on the field, the Phillies have a defensive efficiency of 68.2% (25th in MLB). The Philadelphia Phillies have turned 90 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .983 (19th in baseball). The Phillies have recorded 893 assists, 59 errors and have earned 2,622 putouts so far this year.
So far in his pro baseball career, Velasquez has surrendered 617 base knocks while he has earned 699 K's in 636 frames. He has surrendered 341 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.383 and a FIP of 4.5. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.66 and he has faced 2,744 hitters in his pro baseball career. Velasquez (31-40 career mark) is the owner of a 4.82 earned run average and has given up 8.7 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Philadelphia (+110)
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