By Stephen Nover

Nationals plus $1.35 hosting Phillies 

A few weeks ago, I wouldn’t have gone against Zack Wheeler. But now, at this plus price, I’ll toss a peanut on Washington.

I get the Nationals are in rebuild mode. But they still have respectable power with Juan Soto and Josh Bell. 

Perhaps Wheeler has hit a wall as he’s 0-3 with a 6.53 ERA in his last three starts. Career-wise versus the Nationals, he’s 7-14 with a 4.53 ERA. Wheeler is 1-3 with a 4.11 ERA in five games against Washington this season. 

Promising Josiah Gray gets the pitching call for Washington. He’s produced quality starts in each of his last three outings and has a 2.89 ERA in 28 innings since coming to Washington from the Dodgers. Only once in five August starts has Gray allowed as many as three runs in a game. 

The Phillies are not a good road team – 27-36. They also have injuries. Rhys Hoskins, who has a team-best 27 homers, could miss the rest of the season due to a groin injury. Star catcher J.T. Realmuto is questionable after leaving Sunday’s game against the Diamondbacks with an ankle injury. 

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