Washington Nationals odds
The slumping Washington Nationals will try to end a five-game losing streak Thursday as they close a four-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies. Washington has been shut out in consecutive games and lost eight of nine to fall to 10 games below. 500.
Nationals righty Anibal Sanchez (1-4, 6.90 ERA) is slated to start against the Phillies for the first time this season. Sanchez went 1-2 with a 3.95 ERA in five starts versus Philadelphia last season and is 6-11 with a 4.39 ERA in 25 career starts against the Phillies.
Sanchez took the loss in his Saturday start at Boston, allowing five runs on eight hits in five-plus innings. He hasn’t issued a walk in his past two starts.
Philadelphia Phillies odds
Seeking a four-game sweep of the Washington Nationals, the Philadelphia Phillies will look to keep rolling Thursday afternoon after blanking Washington 3-0 on Wednesday. Neil Walker was 3-for-3 with two RBIs as the Phillies won for the eighth time in nine games.
Right-hander Zach Eflin (2-1, 4.10 ERA) is set to get the start for the Phillies as he aims to keep opposing hitters at bay with his curveball. Eflin registered six of his eight strikeouts via the curve during his Saturday win against the Atlanta Braves while scattering one run and four hits in seven innings.
Eflin has issued just eight walks in 26 1/3 innings over five starts this season. He is 3-3 with a 4.17 ERA in seven career starts against Washington.
Nationals at Phillies Betting Pick for September 3, 2020
Look for Eflin to keep the Nationals’ bats off balance while the Phillies’ lineup maintains this week’s trend of producing timely offense.
Nationals at Phillies: Phillies (-162), Nationals (+140)
Phillies 5, Nationals 2
Nationals at Phillies Best Bet for September 3, 2020
Although the Nationals are scoreless in September, they averaged nearly five runs a game in their three losses to close August. The lineup has potential, to be sure, but something just isn’t clicking at Citizens Bank Park this week.
FLM Best Bet: Under 10.5 total runs (-115)