The Philadelphia Phillies have had a successful season so far. With just one win to offset their record on the positive end, the Phillies are looking to climb up from a third spot in the NL East, which is what a 32-31 record has granted them. The Phillies are all set to get another series started as they face the Washington Nationals this Thursday evening.
As for the Nationals, the story remains on the downside. Washington is now at the bottom of the NL East. The Nationals are attempting to return from one of the most unsuccessful seasons they have recorded in several years. However, with a 23-42 record, the Nationals are looking for the ideal chance to move up from the bottom of the division standings.
The Phillies have made a solid effort to get back to more consistent wins. Starting with a nine-game winning streak was a solid move. Since then, the Phillies have gone 3-2 and are not letting go of positive numbers.
This implies that Philadelphia is beginning to step it up and aim for a potential climb in the division. Currently, the Braves are just 4.5 games ahead of the Phillies. However, the team appears to have what it takes to reach Atlanta in the next few weeks.
So far, Bryce Harper is one of the strongest men at the plate. Harper is now standing with a .317 batting average and 46 runs batted in. In pitching, Aaron Nola leads with 91 strikeouts.
Washington is currently facing one of the darkest times of the current season. The Nationals are now 0-4 in their last four games, and a win is quickly needed to avoid letting the negative digits stack up.
The Nationals already went through a similar stretch a couple of weeks ago. The Mets were partially responsible for that, but it was against the Cincinnati Reds that the Nationals were able to put a stop to that streak.
Now, it’s up to Josh Bell and Josiah Gray to allow the team to rise again. Bell has a .290 batting average and 38 runs batted in. As for Gray, he is now leading in pitching with six wins and 69 strikeouts.
The Phillies might be able to make the most of their upcoming matchup against the lowly Nationals. For the Phillies, the total has gone over in 13 of their last 18 games. As for the Rangers, the total has also gone over in six of their previous seven games.
The Phillies will go to DC tonight with a 13-14 road record. They currently stand seventh in the league with a .252 batting average and fourth with a .426 slugging percentage. An 11-22 home record for the Nationals will need to prove sufficient for today’s matchup.
With the odds against them, the Nationals might continue falling further behind in the division. On the other hand, this might be the perfect chance for the Phillies to take advantage of their superior gameplay and dominate the Nationals tonight.
Godds Pick/Prediction: The Phillies to win and the over hits.