- Bottom feeders in the NL East, the Phillies and Nationals close their series on Sunday, June 4th
- The Phillies are -160 road moneyline favorites to take the rubber match against Washington
- Take a look at the Phillies vs Nationals odds below, as we preview the game and offer our picks
After splitting the first two games of their three game set, the National League’s worst road team and the senior circuit’s worst home team go head-to-head one last time on Sunday, June 4th when the Nationals (25-33, 12-18 home) host the Phillies (26-32, 12-22 road) in the series’ rubber match.
Opening pitch for this matinee affair is scheduled for 1:35 pm ET from Nationals Park in Washington, with NBC Sports Philadelphia and MASN televising the game. Check out the Phillies vs Nationals odds below as we break down Sunday’s contest offering up our best bet as well as player props to target.
Phillies vs Nationals Odds
|Philadelphia Phillies||-160||-1.5 (-105)||O 9 (-115)|
|Washington Nationals||+140||+1.5 (-115)||U 9 (-105)|
Washington drew first blood on Friday evening, but Philly returned serve with a 4-2 victory on Saturday to square things up. On Sunday, the Phillies are strong -160 favorites to leave Washington as the last place team in the divison.
Weather forecasts are calling for a perfect afternoon for a ball game, with the temperature expected to by 70 degrees with little to no chance of rain.
Odds as of June 3rd at Bet365. Claim a Bet365 bonus code to bet on MLB on Sunday.
Philadelphia vs Washington Probable Pitchers
After a terrific postseason last year where he went 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA in three starts and five total appearances throughout the playoffs, Ranger Suarez has struggled in four starts this campaign.
Ranger Suarez started three playoff games and appeared out of the bullpen in two more. He allowed just two earned runs in 14 2/3 innings, and the Phillies won every game in which he pitched. Just in case anyone forgot
— Jonny Heller (@JonnyHeller) November 22, 2022
The Phillies lefthander missed the first month of the season because of a left elbow strain suffered when pitching for Venezuela in preparation for the World Baseball Classic.
His last outing was his best so far this year, as the southpaw worked six and two-third solid innings, throwing more strikes, and working ahead in counts. He had threw a first-pitch strike to 18 of the 26 batters he faced in his last start, a promising sign that he’s returning to form.
Suarez vs Williams Stats
Another city, another team and another year where Trevor Williams hopes to find the structure that made him such a promising pitching prospect in his first two full seasons in the league back in 2017 and 2018.
For Williams, the Nationals are the fourth different squad he’s been a part of in the last four seasons, after spending his first five big league campaigns with the Pirates.
He lacks overpowering stuff, but has been steady this season and gives the Nats much-needed innings from the rotation. Williams has thrown at least five innings in all but two of his 11 starts this year and he is much better pitching at home where he is 1-1 with a 3.09 ERA in five starts this campaign.
Phillies vs Nationals Player Prop Picks
A number of Phillies players have hit Williams hard in their appearances against him. Each of Nick Castellanos, Kyle Schwarber and Trea Turner have at least 13 at-bats with career averages at or over .323 and of that trio, our feeling is the shortstop is poised for a breakout.
Trea Turner had more HR and the same amount of RBI in 6 World Baseball Classic games than he has in 46 games with the Phillies. We’ll discuss Turner’s struggles on Phillies Pregame Live coming up at 6:00 on @NBCSPhilly with @MBarkannNBCS and @rickybottalico. pic.twitter.com/IkTOhtWkNK
— Sean Kane (@SKaneNBCS) May 23, 2023
After signing a $300 million free agent contract with Philly in the offseason, Turner has struggled, batting just .237 with five homers through the first two months of the year. He does have hits in three straight and three bombs in 13 career at-bats against Williams, so put some money on Turner to get over 1.5 total bases in this one.
Castellanos has also caught fire since going hitless in two straight late last week, going 8-for-12 in his last three games. Consider his success against Williams, sprinkle some cash on the outfielder to get over 1.5 hits and continue his red hot hitting.
Phillies vs Nationals Predictions
When looking at each sides MLB starting lineups, it’s shocking to see these teams are just separated by just one game in the standings. Philly is coming off a World Series appearance and appear to be the much stronger squad.
However, the Phillies can’t afford to slip much more as we’re now into June. They own a 19-7 record against the Nationals in their last 26 meetings in Washington. Combine that with the number of players who have mashed against Washington’s starting pitcher, and it’s no wonder they’re chalk in the MLB odds.
Our prediction is that the Phillies easily handle the Nationals in the series finale as they begin to make their push up the standings in the NL East.
Pick: Philadelphia Phillies Run Line -1.5 (-105)
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