The Washington Nationals' hopes of making the MLB postseason are dead, but they've still been playing some very solid baseball of late, going 6-4 in their last 10 games including winners of four straight.
Believe it or not, they're now just 1.5 games back from the New York Mets and have a a very real chance to climb out of last place in the division.
On Monday, they'll begin a four game series against the Philadelphia Phillies and I think they're a great underdog to back in the series opener. Let's dive into it.
Nationals vs. Phillies odds, run line, and total
Nationals vs. Phillies prediction and pick
Over the past 30 days, the Nationals offense has been an above average unit, which is not something we're used to saying with the current iteration of this team. Over that time frame, they rank 13th in OPS (.756), while the Phillies are down at 20th (.714).
What's even more important is they've been absolutely smashing left-handed pitchers. In fact, over the past month they have the fourth best OPS against lefties amongst all teams, sporting an OPS of .857.
That's going to be critical tonight because the Phillies are rolling with Ranger Suarez, who just happens to be a lefty. It's of course worth noting that Suarez has already had a rough outing against this Nationals team, giving up seven hits and five earned runs against them on July 2nd.
That game resulted in a 5-4 victory for the Nats, so let's hope for a similar result tonight.
At big time underdog odds, I just can't resist taking a shot on the Nationals.
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