Series Preview: Phillies and Zack Wheeler kick off a 5-game series with the Washington Nationals
The Phillies kick off a 5-game set against the Washington Nationals tonight at 7:05. Zack Wheeler is set to get the ball for the Phils, going up against Patrick Corbin for the Nats.
Coming off a huge series win thanks to a little magic by Garrett Stubbs and a gem by Kyle Gibson, the Phillies head into Washington DC looking to keep all momentum flowing. The Phils are 11-2 in June, are hitting .283/.356/.520 as a team, and seem to be playing with a whole different game with a newfound locker room culture as the driving force.
The Phillies have a real chance to make up some ground in the NL East over the next week. They take on the Nationals for 5 games, followed by the Rangers for two. They currently trail the Mets by 8.5 games for first place, the Braves by 4.5 for 2nd, and sit 3.5 games back for the last Wild Card spot.
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Series Pitching Matchups
- Thursday (7:05): Zack Wheeler vs Patrick Corbin
- Friday (Game 1- 1:05): Ranger Suarez vs Joan Adon
- Friday (Game 2- 7:05): Bailey Falter vs Paolo Espino
- Saturday (4:35): Aaron Nola vs Josiah Gray
- Sunday (12:05): Zach Eflin vs Jackson Tetreault
Zack Wheeler vs Patrick Corbin
Zack Wheeler has thrown 12 innings in two starts in the month of June and is holding a 1.50 ERA with a 0.83 WHIP. He leads the team with 5 wins with a 2.84 ERA on the season, in 63.1 total innings. Patrick Corbin will take the ball for the Nats, who has been terrible on the mound this season. He’s 3-8 with a 6.65 ERA and has allowed 89 hits to just 55 strikeouts.
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Hot First-Half of June
The Phillies offense has been on fire in the month of June. They’ve crushed their way to many victories, had multiple young guys step up, and have had consistency from the top of the lineup. During the April and May struggles, all we kept saying was “just let this team find its footing”. Well, they’ve officially found their footing at the plate.
Take a look at these players slash lines in the month of June.
- Hoskins: .365/.450/.769 (1.219 OPS)
- Schwarber: .286/.407/.673 (1.080 OPS)
- Stott: .267/.327/.556 (.882 OPS)
- Harper: .372/.462/.767 (1.229 OPS)
- Gregorius .313/.371/.531 (.903 OPS)
- Herrera: .333/.400/.556 (.956 OPS)
- Vierling: .357/.357/.571 (.929 OPS)
The Nationals stink. They’re 23-42 on the season, and sit a whopping 18.5 games back of the Mets in the NL East. The Nats are being led by Josh Bell and Juan Soto, although Soto is having a down-year compared to previous.
The Nats also have former Phillies infielders Cesar Hernandez and Maikel Franco playing everyday. Hernandez is hitting .269 on the year, while Franco is hitting .257 with 5 HRs and 28 RBIs.
Game 1 Odds via FanDuel Sportsbook
|Phillies||-1.5 (-130)||-198||O9 (-112)|
|Nationals||+1.5 (+108)||+166||U9 (-108)|
Phillies Starting Lineup
Zack Wheeler goes 8 strong, and the Phils cruise to an 8-1 win.
- Series Prediction: Phils win 4 of 5
- Series MVP: Bryce Harper
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