Phillies vs Nationals Prediction - MLB Picks 8/19/23

Washington Nationals (55-67) vs Philadelphia Phillies (66-55)

Game Info: Saturday, August 19, 2023 at 4:05 pm (Nationals Park)

Jake Irvin (3-5) (4.76) vs Cristopher Sanchez (1-3) (3.39)

Betting Odds: Washington Nationals +156 / Philadelphia Phillies -170 --- Over/Under: 9.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals face off on Saturday in an MLB showdown at Nationals Park. On Friday it was the Nationals that were able to secure the 8-7 victory. 

Nationals Showing Signs of Life

The Nationals are showing some signs of life and heading into Friday’s game they had won two games in a row against the Boston Red Sox. On Thursday the Natioanls scored 10 runs and that was enough to secure the three run victory. The Nationals are averaging 4.4 runs while their pitching is giving up 5.08 runs per game. The offense is ranked 18th in the league while the pitching is ranked 27th. On the mound for the Nationals will be Jake Irvin who sits with a 3-5 record and an ERA 4.76. In his last start against the A’s he went 6.2 innings giving up seven hits and two runs. 

Phillies Offense has been Inconsistent

The Phillies offense has been inconsistent the last week, and especially against the Minnesota Twins last week the offense really struggled. On Wednesday the Phillies offense did score six runs and they are going to need the offense to be better here. The Philies have expectations in the playoffs and they are going to need the offense to be better here. The Phillies are averaging 4.63 runs while their pitching is giving up 4.32 runs per game. The offense is ranked 13th in the league while the pitching is ranked 12th. On the mound for the Phillies will be Cristopher Sanchez who sits with a 1-3 record and an ERA of 3.39. In his last start against the Twins he went six innings giving up six hits and two runs. 

Shane’s Free Pick

Sanchez at times hasn’t gotten a ton of run support, but the Phillies have won the last two starts by him. The Nationals offense is averaging only 4.4 runs per game and they are going to really struggle to get Sanchez here. The Phillies are going to give him some run support also, and this is going to be an easy victory for the Phillies. Back the Phillies on the run line. 

Shane’s Pick Phillies -1.5

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