Phillies vs Nationals Prediction MLB Picks Today 5/17

Phillies vs Nationals Prediction MLB Picks Today 5/17

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MLB Preview and Prediction: Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Get ready for an exciting matchup between the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. With both teams aiming for victory, this game promises to be action-packed.


Game Overview:

  • Date: May 17, 2024
  • Time: 3:40 PM
  • Location: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Line: PHI -275
  • Over/Under: 7.5

Team Breakdown:

Washington Nationals:

The Washington Nationals are looking to bounce back after recent losses. They have key players who can make an impact despite their struggles.

Key Players:

  • Home Runs: CJ Abrams (7 HR)
  • Batting Average: Luis Garcia Jr. (.283 AVG)
  • Runs Batted In: Joey Meneses (21 RBI)

With CJ Abrams's power and Luis Garcia Jr.'s consistency, the Nationals aim to secure a win on the road.

Philadelphia Phillies:

The Philadelphia Phillies are riding high with a strong record and recent victories. Their balanced lineup and effective pitching make them a formidable opponent at home.

Key Players:

  • Home Runs: Bryce Harper (10 HR)
  • Batting Average: Trea Turner (.343 AVG)
  • Runs Batted In: Alec Bohm (35 RBI)

With Bryce Harper and Trea Turner leading the charge, the Phillies are confident in maintaining their winning momentum.

Game Odds:

Team Moneyline Total Run Line
WSH (20-22) +225 o7.5 (EVEN) +1.5 (EVEN)
PHI (31-13) -275 u7.5 (-120) -1.5 (-120)


In this matchup, we predict that the Philadelphia Phillies will win by more than 1.5 runs. Here's why:

The Phillies have a dominant home record, standing at 16-7, and their lineup, featuring power hitters like Bryce Harper and consistent performers like Trea Turner, is poised to exploit the Nationals' pitching.

Phillies' pitcher Zack Wheeler has been stellar with a 2.53 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP, compared to Nationals' Jake Irvin who, despite a decent 3.55 ERA, is less experienced and may struggle against the Phillies' potent offense.

Additionally, the Nationals are coming off a losing streak and have struggled against stronger teams. The Phillies' recent form and home advantage make them the clear favorites to not only win but to do so convincingly.

Pick: Phillies -1.5

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