Philadelphia Phillies vs Washington Nationals 8-20-2023

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

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

The Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals 8/20/2023 – The Phillies have earned 224 two-baggers as a unit and have hit 140 balls out of the stadium. Philadelphia is slugging .421 and struck out 1,104 times while drawing a walk on 383 occasions. The Philadelphia Phillies record 4.6 runs per game, at 13th in MLB. They have 539 RBIs in addition to 1,059 base knocks over the course of the season, and their batting average is .255. They have 560 runs scored and hold an OBP of .323.


Washington has a total of 112 long balls this year and 509 runs batted in. They have 220 two-baggers while taking a walk 322 times and putting up 537 runs. The Washington Nationals have accumulated a team OBP of .320 in addition to a batting average of .259 this year. The Nationals hold a team SLG% of .402 and score 4.40 runs per game (18th in the league). They have been rung up on 870 instances (29th in MLB) and have tallied 1,081 hits. For the best baseball picks online, explore our recommendations.

Phillies vs. Nationals Game Info

When: Saturday, August 20, 2023, 7:10 PM ET
Where: Nationals Park in Washington, District of Columbia
Stream: MLB.TV

Zach Wheeler (9-5, 3.63 ERA) vs Trevor Williams (5-7, 5.20 ERA)

Philadelphia (66-56 SU and 51-71 RL) is starting right-hander Zack Wheeler. The 33-year-old is 9-5 with a 3.63 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP in 24 outings this season. Wheeler tries for his 10th win when he makes the start for the Phillies, his 25th of the season. He is 9-5 with a 3.56 ERA and 160 strikeouts in 144 2/3 innings pitched. In his last outing on Tuesday against the Toronto Blue Jays, the right-hander tossed seven innings, giving up one earned run while surrendering three hits. In 24 games this season, the 33-year-old has put up an ERA of 3.56, with 10 strikeouts per nine innings. Their opponents are hitting .232 against him.


Washington (56-67 SU and 69-54 RL) is countering with right-hander Trevor Williams. The 31-year-old is 5-7 with a 5.20 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP in his 24 starts. Williams (5-7 with a 5.20 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 117 2/3 innings pitched) makes the start for the Nationals, his 25th of the season. The righty’s most recent appearance was on Sunday against the Oakland Athletics, when he threw 4 1/3 innings, surrendering five earned runs while giving up six hits. In 24 games this season, the 31-year-old has amassed an ERA of 5.20, with 6.9 strikeouts per nine innings. Opponents are hitting .291 against him. Williams heads into the outing with three quality starts under his belt this year.


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

The Nationals have been surprisingly decent lately and had success against Wheeler earlier this season (14 runs in three games). They’re off to one of their most productive months at the plate this season, slashing .260 BA/.332 OBP/.428 SLG/.760 OPS with 19 homers and 33 doubles in 16 games. They’re scoring 5.2 runs per game in August and 5.2 runs since the All-Star break (33 games) after scoring 4.1 runs pre-All-Star weekend.


Washington is a much better bet on the run line than Philadelphia. The Nats are 66-48 RL as underdogs and 19-15 RL vs. division opponents. The Phillies are 32-51 RL as favorites and 13-20 RL vs. division opponents.


Philadelphia Phillies Betting Trends

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


Washington Nationals Betting Trends

The Washington Nationals are 15-4 SU in their last 19 games at home.
The total went OVER in 7 of Washington’s last 8 games at home against Philadelphia.
Washington is 2-4 SU in their last 6 games against an opponent in the National League.
The total stayed UNDER in 4 of the Nationals’ last 6 games played on a Sunday.


The Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals 8/20/2023 Betting Picks

Williams will look to record his 17th outing of five or more innings pitched this season. He averages 4.9 innings per appearance. He has held his opponents without an earned run in three of his 24 appearances this season. The opposing Phillies offense has the eighth-ranked slugging percentage (.425) and ranks 14th in home runs hit (147) in all of MLB. They have a collective .257 batting average and are ninth in the league with 1086 total hits and 12th in MLB action scoring 579 runs.


The Nationals have hit the second-fewest home runs in MLB action this season (113). So far this season, Washington is 20th in baseball, slugging .402. The Nationals are fourth in MLB with a .260 batting average. Averaging 4.4 runs per game (548 total), Washington is the 19th-highest-scoring team in baseball. For the best free sports picks online, consider our recommendations.

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