Phillies vs Nationals: Best bets, TV schedule & betting preview for August 7th

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Philadelphia Phillies’ Bryce Harper celebrates after his RBI double during the fifth inning in Game 4 of the baseball NL Championship Series between the San Diego Padres and the Phillies on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The Philadelphia Phillies emerged victorious in their most recent series against the Royals and will be looking to extend the gap back to the Marlins with another series win over the struggling Nationals. Now 10.5 games back of the Atlanta Braves, all eyes are on the wildcard race and the Phils will need to keep stacking up wins to secure their spot in the postseason.

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Phillies vs Nationals info

Date: Thursday, August 7th
Time: 6:40PM ET
Location: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
TV channel: MLB TV, NBCSP

Phillies vs Nationals Betting odds

Money line: Philadelphia Phillies (-185) | Washington Nationals (+225)
Run Line: Philadelphia Phillies -1.5 (-112) | Washington Nationals +1.5 (-108)
Run total: Over/Under 9.5 (-110)

Pitching matchup

Ranger Suarez (2-5, 4.01 ERA) vs Trevor Williams (5-6, 4.72 ERA)

Ranger Suarez will head to the mound tonight after a wobbly game against the Marlins where he allowed 10 hits, getting away with giving up just a single run. The Nationals are at the bottom of the NL East and have struggled to do much of anything offensively. This should give Suarez a bounce-back opportunity.

Across from Suarez will be Trevor Williams, who has given up 4+ runs in each of his last 2 starts. He’s also failed to strike out more than 3 batters in each of his last 3. However, this has brought his line down to 3.5 and I wouldn’t mind flirting with the OVER given that he’s facing a Phillies team that ranks 24th in strikeouts per game. The Nats might not win, but Williams can at least prolong the damage enough for the bullpen to have half a chance.

Philadelphia Phillies’ Kyle Schwarber connects for a home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 13, 2023, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Phillies vs Nationals Betting preview

Since the 2022 season, the Nationals are 5-20 against the Phillies. If that doesn’t convince you to back the home team, I’m not sure what will.

If it’s a prop bet you’re looking for, I do like betting over 4.5 runs through the first 7 innings at +115.. Suarez might have only allowed 1 run last time out, but there was definitely a crack in the armor. I feel like both teams could slug this one out and a few early runs should leave this number feeling very gettable by the time we hit the 5th inning.

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Philadelphia Phillies’ J.T. Realmuto, right, celebrates his solo homer with Philadelphia Phillies Bryce Harper during the 10th inning in Game 1 of baseball’s World Series between the Houston Astros and the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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