Nationals vs. Phillies Prediction and Odds for Friday, Sept. 9 (Bet on Runs in Philly)

Sep 8, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins (17)
Sep 8, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins (17) / Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Phillies are in the midst of a heated NL Wild Card race and every game counts.

So, it's a welcome sign that the Phillies welcome the Nationals to town for a weekend series, right? Maybe not. The Nats have been one of the hottest offenses in baseball over the last two weeks and may be looking to play spoiler through the final month of the season.

Let's break down the odds for this series opener with Patrick Corbin slated to start for the visitors and Noah Syndergaard on the bump for the hosts.

Nationals vs. Phillies Odds, Run Line and Total

Nationals vs. Phillies Prediction and Pick

The Nats have quietly been scorching at the plate. Sure, they aren't winning many games, but they are hitting the ball well, ranking third in wRC+ over the last two weeks, behind only the White Sox and Rays.

Since arriving in Philadelphia, Syndergaard has struggled a bit as his once powerful punch out pitch is now more of a finesse one, striking out less than six batters per nine innings. He has an ERA of 4.63 across six starts after being traded to Philly at the trade deadline.

Meanwhile, the Phillies offense is just league average over the past two weeks, but the season long metrics show that this is a power hitting baseball team, ranking fifth in the bigs this season in slugging percentage.

Now, the team gets to face Patrick Corbin, who is pitching better of late, but still a mess over the course of this entire season. Corbin has a 6.28 ERA this season while allowing more than 12 hits per 9 innings. He has allowed the most earned runs in baseball in 2022 (94) and is going to struggle to keep the ball in the park against the bats of Philly.

Give me the OVER thanks to the Nats fine work at the plate recently.

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