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Washington Nationals Odds
After losing the first two games of their four-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies this week, the Washington Nationals will try to snap the slide Wednesday behind Max Scherzer (3-1, 3.86 ERA).
The right-hander traditionally has pitched well at Citizens Bank Park, going 5-0 with a 2.40 ERA with 56 strikeouts in seven starts covering 48 2/3 innings. Scherzer is coming off a month of August in which he went 3-0 with a 4.38 ERA. The Nationals have lost four straight and seven of eight.
Center fielder Victor Robles has missed the past two games for a rest, as manager Dave Martinez said he felt Robles’ legs “were just getting heavy on him.”
Philadelphia Phillies Odds
The Philadelphia Phillies will go for their eighth win in nine games Wednesday as they host the Washington Nationals. After scoring 29 runs in their past four games entering Tuesday, the Phillies rolled past the Nationals 6-0 behind eight shutout innings from Aaron Nola and timely hitting that included a solo home run from Alec Bohm and a three-run drive from Andrew McCutchen.
Right-hander Zack Wheeler (3-0, 2.58 ERA) will look to stay sharp. Wheeler hasn’t yielded more than three earned runs in any of his six starts as he prepares to face a Nationals team against whom he typically has struggled. Wheeler is 5-10 with a 5.01 ERA in 18 career starts against Washington with 88 strikeouts in 106 innings.
Nationals at Phillies Betting Prediction for September 2, 2020
Scherzer’s history in Philadelphia and a lineup that figures to feature a rejuvenated Robles should help get the Nationals back on track.
FLM Prediction: Nationals (-116) vs. Phillies (+102)
Nationals 4, Phillies 1
Nationals at Phillies Best Bet for September 2, 2020
After the bullpen struggled Tuesday, the Nationals will be seeking a strong outing from Scherzer as they scramble to build momentum for the stretch run. While the Phillies have been hitting well of late, but Scherzer is capable of cooling off any lineup.
Nationals at Phillies Best Bet: Under 8.5 runs (-112)