Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies - 8/4/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Philadelphia Phillies (56-48) vs Washington Nationals (36-70)

Game Info: Thursday, August 4, 2022 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

Noah Syndergaard (5-8) (3.83) vs Paolo Espino (0-3) (3.78)

Betting Odds: Philadelphia Phillies -245 / Washington Nationals +205 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Washington Nationals will play the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 1 of their series at Citizens Bank Park on Thursday night.

The Washington Nationals are 36-70 this season and have lost five of their last seven games. Washington is coming off of a series loss against the Mets, where they lost two out of the three games played in the series. The Washington pitching staff has a 5.15 ERA, a 1.46 WHIP, and a .268 opponent batting average this season. The Nationals offense has scored 406 runs with a .247 batting average and a .314 on base percentage. Keibert Ruiz is batting .248 with four home runs and 24 RBI’s for the Nationals this season. The projected starter for Washington is Paolo Espino, who is 0-3 with a 3.78 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP over 66.2 innings pitched this season.

The Philadelphia Phillies are 56-48 this season and have won five of their last six games. Philadelphia is coming off of a series split against Atlanta, where they won one game and lost one game in the series. The Philadelphia pitching staff has a 3.82 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP, and a .237 opponent batting average. The Phillies offense has scored 480 runs with a .247 batting average and a .310 on base percentage this year. Kyle Schwarber is batting .202 with 33 home runs and 66 RBI’s for the Phillies this season. The projected starter for Philadelphia is Noah Syndergaard, who is 5-8 with a 3.83 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP over 80 innings pitched this season.

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Washington is 15-36 in their last 51 Thursday games and 3-7 in their last 10 road games. The over is 6-1 in Washington’s last 7 games against the NL East. Philadelphia is 7-0 in their last 7 Thursday games and 12-5 in their last 17 game one’s of a series. The over is 5-1 in Philadelphia’s last 6 Thursday games. The over is 12-4 in these two teams last 16 head to head meetings.

Washington is trying to figure out who they are after trading away their two best players at the deadline, while Noah Syndergaard will be looking to make a good first impression with Philadelphia. Syndergaard has allowed six runs in his last 14.2 innings pitched, all for the Angels. For Washington, Paolo Espino has allowed eight earned runs over his last 14 innings of work. I am taking Philadelphia to win this game by at least two runs against a depleted Nationals team.

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David’s Pick Phillies -1.5

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