Free MLB Picks Today: Philadelphia Phillies vs Washington Nationals 7/2/23

Free MLB Picks Today: Philadelphia Phillies vs Washington Nationals 7/2/23
Sun 2nd July 2023

The Philadelphia Phillies (44-38) host the Washington Nationals (33-49) at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday with the three-game series tied at 1-1.

The Phillies leveled the series 1-1 after winning 19-4 on Saturday, their third head-to-head victory in five games this season. Starter Zack Wheeler got the win, giving up four runs on seven hits over five innings and striking out six.

Alec Bohm went 4 for 5 with two home runs, three runs, and six RBIs in the win. Nick Castellanos went 3 for 4 with a home run and a double. He scored two runs and drove in three. CJ Abrams was 2 for 4 with a triple, one run, and one RBI for the Nationals.


Trevor Williams (4-4, 4.28 ERA) is slated for the start for Washington. The RHP allowed three runs over four innings in his last start, an 8-4 road defeat against the Mariners on Monday. He yielded eight hits while striking out four and walking one in the no-decision.

Williams has made one previous start against the Phillies this season, an 11-3 home loss on June 4. He surrendered four runs on six hits over 5.2 innings, striking out six and walking four.

For Philadelphia, left-hander Ranger Suarez (2-2, 3.18 ERA) gets the ball. He has made one prior start against the Nationals this season, giving up one run over seven innings in an 11-3 road win on June 4.

He gave up eight hits and walked one while striking out three in the win. In his last start on Tuesday, Suarez got the win on the road against the Cubs. He threw 7.1 innings and gave up one run on four hits, striking out eight and walking one in the 5-1 triumph.


Over the last five games, Washington has averaged 4.2 runs a game, equal to their season average. Against lefties like Suarez this season, the Nats have a .763 OPS, the highest in the league.

Lane Thomas is the team’s most potent producer against left-handers with a 1.140 OPS in 100 at-bats. Philadelphia is averaging 7.2 runs per game in the last five, up from 4.5 for the season, with a higher slash line (.291/.332/.527).

The Phils have a .737 OPS against righties in 2023, the second highest in the league. With a .876 OPS over 174 at-bats, Brandon Marsh has been their best hitter against right-handers.


Washington is 20-22 away from Nationals Park in 2023, scoring 4.6 runs per game while allowing 4.7 runs. Philadelphia has gone 22-15 at Citizens Bank Park this season, averaging 4.6 runs per game while surrendering 3.8. Philadelphia is 9-1 in the last 10 meetings at Citizens Bank Park with an average scoreline of 8.1-3.4.


The Nationals are fifth in the NL East, 21 games behind the division-leading Braves. The Phillies are third in the NL East, 11 games behind the Braves.

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