Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies - 7/5/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies - 7/5/22 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Phillies (42-38) vs Washington Nationals (29-53)

Game Info: Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

Cristopher Sanchez (0-1) (4.60) vs () ()

Betting Odds: Philadelphia Phillies -152 / Washington Nationals +115 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies face off on Tuesday in an MLB showdown at Citizens Bank Park. 

The Nationals come into this game with a 29-53 record overall and they have lost five games in a row. On Monday, the offense could only manage two runs, and that led to the one-run defeat. The Nationals offense has been an issue all season averaging 3.99 runs per game. Josh Bell has been the top offensive player, but he is dealing with an injury and isn’t expected to be available for this game. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Phillies who sit with a 42-38 record overall and they won two of three games against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Phillies' strength all season has been the offense, averaging 4.81 runs per game which is 3rd best in the MLB. If the offense can get out to a fast start in this game, Philadelphia should be in good shape to secure a win. Kyle Schwarber has hit 23 home runs and driven in 53 RBIs. 

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On the mound for the Nationals is Paolo Espino who sits with a 0-1 record and an ERA of 2.80. In his last start against the Pittsburgh Pirates, he went 4.1 innings giving up five hits and four runs. 

On the mound for the Phillies is Cristopher Sanchez who sits with an 0-1 record and an ERA of 4.60. Sanchez has been used as a relief pitcher for most of the season. 

The Nationals are 0-4 in Espino’s last four starts against the American League East. The over is 3-0-1 in Espino’s last four Tuesday starts. The under is 5-0 in the Nationals' last five games against a left-handed starter. 

The Phillies strength has been the offense, and they are going to continue finding success scoring here. Espino in his last start gave up four runs, and the Phillies have the 3rd ranked offense in the league. Look for the Phillies to score seven or eight runs and they will win this game on the run line.

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Shane’s Pick Phillies -1.5

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