The MLB is back in full swing after the All Star break and is filled with action for Saturday. Sixteen games will be played on July 13. One of the top games up on the board will be a divisional battle between the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies. This game will start at around 7:15 PM Eastern time on Saturday night.
The Nationals have put up a record of 48-42 to this point in the season. That record has Washington sitting in second place of the NL East. The Nationals have won sixteen of their last twenty games and will look to keep it going with another win on Saturday night. Washington has pulled off a win already in this series against the Phillies and will look to make it two in a row.
Philadelphia has a record of 47-44 to this point in the season, which has them in third place of the NL East. The Phillies have not been doing quite as well as of late and it has shown as they have hit a bit of a slide in the standings. Philadelphia has lost thirteen of their last twenty-one games. The Phillies will look to bounce back from their last loss with a win at home on Saturday.
The Nationals and the Phillies are neck and neck in the standings and are both looking to make a push to catch the division-leading Atlanta Braves in this second half of the season. These games between these two teams have a lot of importance and it shows. I expect both teams to look to come out fast against each other on Saturday.
The Nationals and the Phillies have played a bunch of series so far this season. The first two series were early in the season. The first one was two games in Washington. The Phillies took the first game 8-2, while the Nationals walked off the second game 9-8. The second series was three games in Philadelphia. The Phillies won the first game 4-3, while Washington won the second game 10-6 and the third game 15-1.
The third series was in Philadelphia on May 3-5. The first game was won by the Phillies 4-2 on a three-run home run by Rhys Hoskins. The second game was close as the Phillies led 8-5 going into the top of the eighth. A three-run home run by Kurt Suzuki tied it up and Victor Robles gave the Nats the lead on a solo home run as they won 10-8. Zach Eflin pitched seven innings in the third game, allowing four hits and one run in route to a 7-1 win for the Phillies.
The most recent series was in Washington. Patrick Corbin had a strong performance in the first game, pitching seven innings and allowing four hits and one run as the Nationals won 6-2. Brian Dozier and Victor Robles each hit a solo home run in the second game as Max Scherzer pitched seven innings while allowing only four hits as the Nationals won 2-0. Anthony Rendon and Victor Robles both had home runs in the sixth inning of the third game to help lead Washington to a 7-4 win.
The first game in this series was a strong performance from Stephen Strasburg. Strasburg put up six innings pitched, while allowing seven hits and no runs. The Nationals were able to finish with a 4-0 win. The Nationals have been the better team in the head to head matchups so far and they will look to continue that with another road win.
The Nationals have put up a strong performance so far this season at bat. Adam Eaton leads the team with 91 hits. Juan Soto has put up 86 hits, 15 home runs and 56 RBI’s. Anthony Rendon has earned 85 hits, 20 home runs and an OPS of .997. Victor Robles, Howie Kendrick, Brian Rozier, Kurt Suzuki, and Matt Adams all have double-digit home runs so far this season.
Philadelphia has been a solid hitting team as well this season. Cesar Hernandez had 95 hits this season. Jean Segura has 92 hits and 10 home runs. J.T. Realmuto has earned 84 hits, 10 home runs and 42 RBI’s. Bryce Harper has 84 hits, 16 home runs and 62 RBI’s. Rhys Hoskins has put up 83 hits, 20 home runs and an OPS of .931. Maikel Franco, Scott Kingery, and Jay Bruce all have double-digit home runs.
Both teams are similar when it comes to hitting. They have a strong top part of the hitting lineup, while also having solid depth with their hitters. These two teams will look for their lineup to attack each other deep to try and earn an advantage that way in this series and future series’.
Patrick Corbin will start on the mound for the Nationals on Saturday night. Corbin has a record of 7-5 through 18 starts this season. He has earned an ERA of 3.34 and a WHIP of 1.112 so far this season. Corbin’s last start came against the Kansas City Royals on July 7. He allowed five hits and no runs through seven innings.
Aaron Nola will start for Philadelphia on Saturday. Nola has put up an ERA of 3.74 and a WHIP of 1.301 this season. He has a record of 8-2 through his 19 starts this season. Nola’s last performance came against the New York Mets, where he got a win. He allowed three hits and one earned run through six and two-thirds innings pitched.
Both of these pitchers are really solid. Corbin has slightly better stats to this point in the season, but Nola has the better record and has been more consistent through his career. The Phillies will need a good game from Nola if they want to break this losing streak against the Nationals on Saturday night.
The Nationals have been able to win four games in a row against Philadelphia, but I believe that the Phillies will have a good chance to turn that around on Saturday night. Aaron Nola is their ace pitcher and he will look to help lead his team to a big win. Philadelphia matches up well with the Nationals at batting as well and will look for home-field advantage to give them the edge.
The Phillies are listed as a -110 against the money line on Saturday night. This gives a slight edge to Philadelphia for this game. I believe that this money line is a good one. The Phillies have a good chance to pull off the win on Saturday night and I believe that there is still value on Philadelphia as favorites in this game. This makes the Phillies my pick of the day.