Phillies at Nationals 9/24/19 - Game 1 - MLB Picks & Predictions

Last Updated: 09/24/2019 at 1:18 AM ET

In the first game of a Tuesday day-night doubleheader, the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals will battle in the nation’s capital. Last night, Philadelphia managed just five hits during a 7-2 road loss against Washington. Andrew Knapp had a pair of hits and drove in a run for the Phillies, who are three games above .500 overall.

Philadelphia manager Gabe Kapler has yet to name a starting pitcher for this matchup. The Phillies rank 17th in the majors with a 4.52 ERA and have logged 56 quality starts.

The Washington Nationals have split their last ten games and sit atop the NL Wild Card standings. On Monday, SP Patrick Corbin struck out six batters and allowed one run over six frames to improve to 14-7 on the year. Adam Eaton led off with a home run for the Nationals, who moved to 17 games above .500 overall.

Twenty-six year old righty Joe Ross (3-4 6.17 ERA) will make his eighth start of the season for the Nationals. Control has been an issue for Ross, who has walked 29 batters in 54 innings of work.

Washington 1B Matt Adams (shoulder) took swings in a batting cage on Wednesday and could be available to pinch hit this week. Through 155 games, Philadelphia ranks 18th in OPS and 18th in runs scored. For the season, Washington ranks 6th in OPS and 8th in runs scored. Take the Nationals to slug their way to victory. Final Score Prediction, Washington Nationals win 7-3.

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