The Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies open a three-game set on Friday at the Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia,
Hellickson Looking For Win #3
Jeremy Hellickson will get the start for the Nationals on Friday. The 32-year old right-hander has pitched in five games with four starts this season. Hellickson has a record of 2-0 with an ERA of 5.82, WHIP of 1.66 and BAA of .292 this season. The Nationals are 3-1 in his last four starts and Hellickson is looking for win number 3.
In his last outing, Hellickson gave up six runs on six hits with two home runs as Washington beat San Diego 7-6. In a total of 20.1 innings pitched this season, Hellickson has allowed 15 runs (14 earned) on 26 hits with four home runs while walking 10 and fanning 13 batters faced.
Adam Eaton leads Washington with his .283 batting average while Anthony Rendon leads them with six home runs drilled. Juan Soto also has six homers while leading the Nationals with a total of 22 RBIs on the season. As a team, Washington is batting .251 while their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.95 and a WHIP Of 1.36.
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For the Phillies, it will be Jerad Eickhoff who will open on top of the mound on Friday. The 28-year old right hander has pitched in three games with two starts this season. He has a record of 1-1 with an ERA of 2.12, WHIP of 1.0 and a BAA of .203. The Phillies are 2-1 in the three games Eickhoff has pitched.
In his last outing, Eickhoff was impressive as he pitched 7.0 scoreless innings during a 4-0 win over Miami last April 26, 2019. In that game, Eickhoff gave up just two hits with one walk and six strikeouts. Eickhoff also has one save this season after he gave up just three hits and no score in four innings of work in a 14-3 win over the New York Mets last April 16th.
J.T. Realmuto leads Philadelphia with his .288 batting average. Left fielder Rhys Hoskins and 3rd baseman Maikel Franco lead the team with 25 RBIs each. Hoskins is also the team leader with 9 home runs drilled on the season. As a team, the Phillies are bating .249 while their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.15.
Washington is 3-7 SU in their last 10 games played. The Nationals are 2-2 SU in their last four games played on the road. Philadelphia is 5-5 SU in their last 10 games played. The Phillies are 4-2 SU in their last six games played at home. The Nationals are 1-3 SU as underdogs and are 10-12 SU against right handed pitchers this season. The Phillies are 16-9 SU as favorites and are 14-9 SU against right handers this season. Head to head, the Nationals have won three out of their last four meetings this season.
The Nationals are 7-19 SU In their in their last 26 series openers, 0-8 SU in their last 8 Friday games, 2-6 SU in their last 8 games overall and 2-5 SU in Hellickson’s last seven starts on the road. The Phillies are 10-3 SU in their last 13 games against a pitcher with a WHIP higher than 1.30, 6-1 SU in their last seven games after a day-off, 4-1 SU in their last five home games, 4-1 SU in their last five games overall and 5-2 SU in Eickhoff’s last seven starts at home.
The Nationals and the plus money are tempting. Add the fact that Hellickson hasn’t lost a start yet. But if you dig closely, Hellickson hasn’t really been playing well lately as he’s given up a total of 10 earned runs in his last two starts. On the other hand, Eickhoff is coming off his best game of the season and the Phillies had a day’s rest to prepare for this game and this one’s played at their home field.
I’m picking the Philadelphia Phillies to beat the Washington Nationals on 5/3/19.
Other Bet To Make
The over is 5-4-1 in the last 10 games played by the Nationals. The over is 7-5 in Washington’s last 12 games on the road. The total has gone under in seven out of the last 10 games played by the Phillies. The over is 7-6 in the Phillies’ 13 home games against the National League this season. Head to head, the over is 7-3 in the last 10 games between these two teams. If your a new better then make sure to read our baseball betting guide.
O 9 (-125)
U 9 (+105)
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The over is 13-5 in Washington’s last 18 division games and the over is 4-0 in Hellickson’s last four starts. Philadelphia meanwhile has scored a total of 28 runs in their last four wins. The total looks high at first but when you find out that even with a 2-0 record, Hellickson has yielded 11 runs (10 earned) in his last two starts. Eickhoff pitched a shutout his last time out but he pitched poorly in his previous games.
Prediction: Over 9