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Philadelphia Phillies vs Washington Nationals 8/20/2023 Picks, Tips and Odds

Phillies (66-55) vs. Nationals (55-67)  

The Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals August 20, 2023 – The Phillies have tallied 224 doubles and notched 140 home runs, showcasing a slugging percentage of .421. Their performance has yielded 1,104 strikeouts while drawing 383 walks. Averaging 4.6 runs per game, the Philadelphia Phillies rank 13th in the MLB. Accumulating 539 RBIs and 1,059 base hits throughout the season, they maintain a batting average of .255. Their scoring record includes 560 runs, complemented by an OBP of .323.

On the opposing side, the Washington Nationals have managed a count of 112 home runs and 509 RBIs. Their proficiency extends to 220 doubles and 322 walks, translating to a total of 537 runs scored. The Nationals boast a team OBP of .320 alongside a batting average of .259 for the current year. Their collective SLG% stands at .402, contributing to an average of 4.40 runs per game, positioning them 18th in the league. The Nationals have navigated the season’s challenges with 870 strikeouts (ranking 29th in MLB) and 1,081 hits.

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals Game info 

Where: Nationals Park in Washington, District of Columbia

When: Saturday, August 20, 2023, 7:10 PM ET


Stream: MLB.TV

Philadelphia SP Zach Wheeler (9-5, 3.63 ERA) vs. Washington SP Trevor Williams (5-7, 5.20 ERA)

With a record of 66-56 SU and 51-71 RL, Philadelphia is entrusting their starting role to right-hander Zack Wheeler. The 33-year-old has maintained a 9-5 record accompanied by a 3.63 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP throughout 24 appearances this season. Wheeler’s upcoming start for the Phillies marks his 25th of the season, as he strives to secure his 10th victory. He has accrued 160 strikeouts and carries an ERA of 3.56 across 144 2/3 innings pitched. In his recent performance against the Toronto Blue Jays, Wheeler showcased his prowess by completing seven innings, allowing just one earned run while conceding three hits. Throughout this season’s 24 games, he has upheld an ERA of 3.56, boasting an impressive 10 strikeouts per nine innings. Opposing batters have managed a .232 average against him.

On the other side, the Washington Nationals, holding a record of 56-67 SU and 69-54 RL, will counter with right-hander Trevor Williams. The 31-year-old pitcher presents a record of 5-7 alongside a 5.20 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP from his 24 starts. Williams, who enters his 25th start of the season, has accrued 90 strikeouts over 117 2/3 innings pitched while maintaining an ERA of 5.20. In his recent outing against the Oakland Athletics, Williams took the mound for 4 1/3 innings, conceding five earned runs on six hits. Across the 24 games he’s participated in this season, the 31-year-old exhibits an ERA of 5.20 and secures 6.9 strikeouts per nine innings. His opponents have achieved a .291 batting average against him. Williams approaches this upcoming match with three quality starts under his belt for the current year.

MLB Odds/Point Spread: Philadelphia Phillies -225, MLB Totals: 9.0

The Nationals were successful against Wheeler early this season (14 runs in three games), and they have recently been fairly decent. With 19 home runs and 33 doubles in 16 games, they are off to one of their best offensive starts of the year at the plate, slashing.260 BA/.332 OBP/.428 SLG/.760 OPS. After scoring 4.1 runs prior to All-Star weekend, they are averaging 5.2 runs per game in August and 5.2 runs after the All-Star break (33 games).

On the run line, Washington is a far stronger wager than Philadelphia. The Nationals have a record of 66-48 when they are underdogs and 19-15 while playing teams from their division. The Phillies have a record of 32-51 when favorites and 13-20 when playing teams from their division.

Philadelphia Phillies Betting Trends

  • The Phillies are 14-6 SU in their last 20 matches against the Washington Nationals.
  • The total hung OVER in 7 of the Phillies’ last 8 road games with Washington.
  • The Philadelphia Phillies are 5-2 SU in their last 7 matches with an opponent in the NL.
  • Philadelphia is 5-2 SU in their last 7 games with an opponent in the NL East Division.

Washington Nationals Betting Trends

  • The Washington Nationals are 15-4 SU in their last 19 home matches.
  • The total hung OVER in 7 of Washington’s last 8 home games with the Phillies.
  • The Nationals are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games with an opponent in the National League.
  • The total remained UNDER in 4 of the Nationals’ last 6 matches played on a Sunday.

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals Betting Trends

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals: Williams aims to register his 17th appearance of five or more innings pitched this season, maintaining an average of 4.9 innings per outing. Notably, he has managed to keep opponents from securing any earned runs in three out of his 24 appearances this season. On the opposing front, the Phillies’ offense ranks eighth in slugging percentage at .425 and holds the 14th in total home runs with 147 across the MLB. Their collective batting average is .257, accompanied by 1,086 total hits—ranking ninth in the league. Additionally, the Phillies have secured the 12th spot in MLB for runs scored, totaling 579.

Contrastingly, the Nationals find themselves among the lowest home run producers this season, tallying 113 thus far. In the slugging percentage category, Washington occupies the 20th position across the league with a figure of .402. Despite this, the Nationals excel in batting average, ranking fourth in MLB with a notable .260. The team maintains an average of 4.4 runs per game, amounting to a total of 548 runs scored, positioning them as the 19th-highest-scoring team in the league.

Free Pick and Prediction: Philadelphia Phillies will win 5-3.

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