Saturday night lights: Phillies vs. Padres betting preview

MLB: SEP 23 Phillies at Nationals
WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 23: Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zach Eflin (56) pitches during the Philadelphia Phillies versus the Washington Nationals on September 23, 2020 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire)

Another brilliant start by Aaron Nola soiled. After the Philadelphia Phillies’ 1-0 loss to the San Diego Padres last night, the Phillies will look to regain the series advantage tonight in game three of the four-game series.

If you plan to watch Saturday’s contest, know that it is another late one as the first pitch is scheduled for 10:10 P.M. EDT.

Nola Family Feud

Aaron Nola was given his fifth loss of the season Friday night after pitching seven innings of one-run baseball, striking out 10 Padres batters. His only blemish came in the bottom of the sixth inning. Eric Hosmer ripped a double into center field, putting a runner on base as older brother Austin Nola came to the plate. Austin Nola prevailed, hitting an RBI single off the little brother Aaron, the only run that would be scored in the contest.

The Phillies’ offense, meanwhile, hung Nola out to dry, only accruing five hits on the night while going 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Namely, Bryce Harper went 0-for-4 on the night with two strikeouts while flying out to left field with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the third.

Tonight’s Matchup

Zach Eflin (2-5, 4.43 ERA) vs. Blake Snell (0-4, 5.46 ERA)

After an early exit during Sunday’s start against the Washington Nationals, Zach Eflin returns to the mound today for the Phillies looking to get back on track. Eflin has struggled in two straight starts now, allowing a combined eight runs over eight innings of work against the Nationals and Miami Marlins.

Fortunately, the Padres are a good start for Eflin to attempt to rebound against. On May 17th, Eflin pitched six innings of one-run baseball, striking out five in what would eventually be a 3-0 loss for the Phillies.

Meanwhile, the Phillies face the Snellzilla himself in Blake Snell. Snell is a gamer in every sense of the word, but has struggled to find his rhythm this season. With a groin injury sidelining him for a month earlier in the season, Snell has only started in six contests so far. He’s allowed at least two runs scored in each of his outings, most recently allowing five runs over 4.2 innings against the Colorado Rockies. Snell also faced the Phillies on May 18th, allowing three runs while not making it out of the fourth inning.

Rhys Hoskins was dialed in against Snell on the 18th, hitting a solo home run in the top of the third while walking out of the leadoff position. Expect Hoskins to continue to see the ball well from Snell.

Phillies Daily Fantasy Pick

Hoskins is a great daily pick on FanDuel on the day, costing $3,600 overall. If you’re looking to save some money on the starting pitcher side of the ball, Eflin is going for $8,000 today, right in the middle of the pack for SP’s.

Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire

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