NATIONALS vs PHILLIES *BEST BET* FREE MLB BET: August 21, 2018
PICK: NATIONALS ML -140
NATIONALS vs PHILLIES *BEST BET*
Both of these teams that have lost their last 2 games and will look to bounce back tonight as the Washington Nationals host the Philadelphia Phillies. This is the biggest series of the season for the Nats as they need to string together a bunch of wins to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. They sit 6.5 games behind the Phillies who hold the 2nd wild card spot so winning games this series is crucial. The Nats will send Tanner Roark to the mound tonight. Although his season numbers have not been great (8-12 4.13 ERA) He has impressed over his last 5 starts. He has won all of them only giving up 7 runs over that span. The opposing pitcher Vince Velazquez is heading in the opposite direction. His last 2 starts have been brutal. He has combined for 6.1 innings while giving up 7 earned runs. If he does not improve tonight things could get ugly very quickly for the Phillies. The Nationals definitely have the offense to do damage against him as they rank 11th in runs scored per game.
The Phillies have not been good on the road this season. They well are below .500 winning just 27 games and losing 34 despite having a record of 68-56 on the season. The Nationals definitely have the edge on the mound and should expect a strong home start from Tanner Roark against a Phillies team that has struggled away from Citizens Bank Park all season. Back the Nats.