Philadelphia Phillies vs Washington Nationals Picks and Predictions May 18th 2024

Philadelphia Phillies vs Washington Nationals MLB Sat, May 18, 18:05 pm.
Philadelphia Phillies
ML: -175
Washington Nationals
ML: 145

Nationals Look to Find Their Offense Against High- Octane Phillies


The Washington Nationals are hopeless to break out of their offensive slump as they visit the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday evening. After getting shut out twice by the Chicago White Sox, the Nationals managed just two runs against Zack Wheeler in Friday’s 4- 2 loss to the Phillies. Meanwhile, Philadelphia has been on a roll, winning four of its last five games.

Pitching Matchup

The Nationals will send left- hander MacKenzie Gore( 2- 4,3.38 ERA) to the mound, facing off against Phillies’ lefty Cristopher Sanchez( 2- 3,3.43 ERA) in the middle game of the three- game series.

MacKenzie Gore’s Performance

Gore has been dependable this season, allowing three earned runs or fewer in all eight of his starts. In his last spin against the Boston Red Sox, he gave up three runs( two earned) over six innings, striking out nine and walking two. Despite a shaky alternate inning, he set up his groove and kept the game close, although the Nationals ultimately lost 3- 2.

” Just need to execute better with two strikes and understand the hitters’ strengths,” Gore said.” We just have to keep improving.”

Earlier this season, Gore faced the Phillies on April 7, allowing two runs on five hits over52/3 innings, earning a win. His career record against Philadelphia is 1- 3 with a5.93 ERA in six games( five starts).

Cristopher Sanchez’s Performance

Sanchez has been solid for the Phillies, giving up two earned runs or fewer in five of his eight starts. In his last launch, he allowed three runs on seven hits over52/3 innings in a no- decision against the New York Mets. Despite loading the bases with no outs in the third inning, Sanchez struck out the coming three batters on nine pitches, showing his capability to handle pressure.

” The biggest thing I am proud of him for is overcoming adversity,” Phillies director Rob Thomson said.” He faced some tough situations early and just settled in and kept pitching. That is real growth.”

Sanchez also faced the Nationals on April 7, taking a loss. His career record against Washington is 1- 2 with a4.97 ERA in eight games( five thresholds).

Phillies’ Recent Success

The Phillies continued their hot streak with their 32nd win on Friday. They ’ve set up success by scoring early and getting strong pitching performances. Philadelphia scored in the first and third innings and added two more runs in the second. Wheeler pitched into the eighth inning, giving the team a quality launch.

” It puts pressure on the other team right down,” Thomson said.” As the game goes on, offenses get antsy and start swinging early, trying to do too important.”

  • Citizens’ Offensive Struggles

Washington managed only four hits on Friday. Joey Gallo doubled off Jeff Hoffman in the ninth inning, but the game ended when Jesse Winker flied out to the warning track in right field. The Nationals had the tying run at the plate but could n’t capitalize.

” We had a chance at the end,” Nationals director Dave Martinez said.” Winker had a good swing but just did n’t get all of it. It could’ve been worse, but we settled down and made it close. We have got to start hitting.”


As the Nationals look to spark their offense, they’ll need a strong performance from MacKenzie Gore and better execution at the plate. The Phillies, on the other hand, aim to continue their recent success with early runs and solid pitching from Cristopher Sanchez. Saturday’s game is shaping up to be a crucial matchup for both teams as they navigate the midseason grind.

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Sat, May 18, 02:35 am.
Philadelphia Phillies
O 7
Washington Nationals
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