Two teams headed in opposite directions usually means the better team dominates. That has not been the case when the Philadelphia Phillies play the Washington Nationals. Tonight the two meet for the third and final game of a three game set.
Washington is leading the National League East by 2 ½ games over the Atlanta Braves and have one of the league’s best records at 61-42. Philly is in the cellar of the NL East with a record of 47-57, 14 games behind the Nationals. However, with a win tonight the Phillies can sweep the three game series from the Nationals and improve their season record against Washington to 5-4. Against the other teams in the NL East, the Nationals are 21-12 on the season.
Washington will have Ross Detwiler on the mound against Philadelphia tonight. Detwiler has a season record of 5-4 and a 3.24 ERA. He has not faced the Phillies since September 20 of last season when he pitched 7 1/3 innings of shutout ball giving up just three hits to win 3-0. However, in his last start on Friday, Detwiler lasted only 5 plus innings against Milwaukee as the Nationals lost 6-0.
The Phillies will counter Detwiler with Cole Hamels. The southpaw is 11-5 this season with a 3.31 ERA. However, he has won his two starts against Washington this season by giving up just one run between both games and recording 16 Ks. He has had great success over Washington over his past 14 starts. The lefty is 9-2 with a 2.15 ERA in those starts and 5-0 in his past nine starts against Washington in the nation’s capital.
The line currently has the game as very close with the Nationals at -105 and the Phillies sitting at -115. The run total is 7.5. The Phillies will win tonight to sweep the Nationals and the run total will make winners of those who take the UNDER.