Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies MLB Pick – August 31, 2020

Probable Starters:

    Erick Fedde (1-1, 3.57 ERA) vs. Spencer Howard (0-1, 6.17 ERA)

The Philadelphia Phillies got into a wild one last night against the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park. The Braves put a 10 spot up on the Phillies in the 2nd to take a 10-0 lead. Game over? Not quite. The Phillies fought back and cut the lead to 10-8 in the 4th.

The game was wide open at that point with a lot of baseball left to be played. However, kudos to the Braves’ bullpen for preventing much more damage from being done. The Phillies would score just 2 more runs in a 12-10 loss.

You have to give some level of credit for the Phillies fighting back. They could have easily just gone belly up and shown no fight. However, the Phillies nearly pulled off an improbable 10-run comeback, which would have been absolutely disastrous for the Braves.

To score 10 runs in an inning and then lose would have been a major confidence killer. The Phillies stay home for their next series, as the defending World Series champs and Bryce Harper’s former team will be in town. It just has to eat away at Bryce that they won the World Series as soon as he left town.

It may have been enough to motivate him to work harder in the offseason, because he has been a much more patient hitter at the dish in 2020. He’s not hacking away at everything and picking up senseless strikeouts as the same clip. He’s always had power in his stroke, but waiting on the perfect pitch to smash has been a problem for him in recent years. Not so much in 2020, though.

The Nationals are expected to give Erick Fedde the call on the road on Monday night. Fedde has been hanging in there tough as a reliever and starter, but he struggled in a recent start versus the Phillies. 24-year-old rookie Spencer Howard is scheduled to counter for the Phillies.

He’s been getting roughed up and finding life in the majors much tougher than the minors. A positive showing would do wonders for him right now. Head below for our free Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies pick for August 31, 2020.

Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies MLB Betting Odds:


  • Nationals +1.5 (-170)
  • Phillies -1.5 (+150)

  • Nationals (+118)
  • Phillies (-128)

  • Over 10 (-115)
  • Under 10 (-105)


Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies Prediction:

Erick Fedde returned to the rotation following some good work as a reliever recently. He went 5.1 innings out of the bullpen and held the Orioles to just 1 hit and no runs on August 14. Fedde was struggling early in the season, and got demoted to the bullpen where he found a groove.

However, he reverted back to his earlier season struggles as a starter against the Phillies. Fedde conceded 7 hits and 4 earned runs across 5 innings. His ERA jumped from a 2.55 to 3.57. That was Fedde’s first start since the Toronto Blue Jays scored 2 earned runs and 6 hits on him in 3.1 innings on July 30. The Yankees and Blue Jays hit .303 against Fedde through 7.1 innings of work.

That promoted his demotion to the pen where he looked much more comfortable. His next opportunity as a starting hurler didn’t go too well, as the Phils took care of business with 4 runs in 5 innings. Fedde gets a do-over on Monday night in Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park.

Spencer Howard would like something to go his way. The Phillies might have to try somebody else out if he continues to struggle, because they can’t afford to continue to trot him out if he continues in this current form. Howard has gotten nailed for a 6.17 ERA and 2.06 WHIP.

Teams are hitting .358 against Howard through 11.2 innings. He’s conceded 19 hits and 8 earned runs across 11.2 innings. Howard has been at his worst at home, with a 7.88 ERA and 2.13 WHIP in 8 innings. The Phillies likely won’t need double digit runs to win tonight, but Howard is probably going to leave a lot of work up to the offense. I would consider looking at the OVER in this spot.


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Kyle E / Author

Kyle is a veteran of TheSportsGeek and has spent nearly a decade providing accurate sports picks and writeups here. He has been a sports handicapper for 10+ years and started sharing his picks and thoughts in 2011 at TheSportsGeek. His expertise spans across multiple sports, including the NFL, NCAAF, MLB, NHL, and horse racing. Prior to writing for TheSportsGeek, Kyle was a fantasy football expert, who ultimately parlayed it into a successful sports betting career. You can find his picks daily only at TheSportsGeek.

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