The Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees will play Game 1 of a doubleheader Friday at 4:10 p.m. ET. Aaron Nola will be on the mound for the Phillies, while the Mets will give the ball to Taijuan Walker. We’ll go over some ideal picks on DraftKings Sportsbook centered around the game here.
Moneyline pick: Mets -120
It is hard to know what Aaron Nola the Phillies will get on the mound this season. Will they get the Nola, who threw 7.2 scoreless innings and struck out 9 batters against the Yankees? Or will get they get the Nola, who showed up in his last start against the Giants, where he only pitched 2.1 and gave up 6 earned runs.
The Phillies hope its the former as they’ve lost three-straight and four out of their last five games. Nola has struggled on the road this season to tune of a 6.00 ERA (2-3) and .288 opponents batting average in eight starts. The 28-year-old has faced the Mets twice this season and has a 4.00 ERA. The last time he went up against New York was a doubleheader on April 13, where he allowed 7 hits, 3 earned runs, and put up 7 strikeouts in 5.0 IP. Philly went on to lose 4-0 in seven innings.
That being said, the best bet for this game is the Mets, who have been phenomenal at home this season with a 22-9 record. New York’s success at home is a polar opposite of how the Phillies have played on the road (13-23). Taijuan Walker will get the start for the Mets, who has a 6-3 record and 2.42 ERA in 13 starts. Walker is a perfect 4-0 at home with a 1.49 ERA and .172 opponents batting average. The 28-year-old has also faced the Phillies twice this season with an ERA of 4.35. But in his six home starts in 2021, Mets are undefeated at 6-0.
Player Prop: Aaron Nola over 6.5 strikeouts (+105)
If the Phillies want to come away with a victory and snap their losing streak, they need a good outing from Aaron Nola. Nola, who has had his struggles this season, has gone over 6.5 strikeouts in 8 out of 15 starts. However in his last five road starts, the Phillies’ ace has only gone his strikeout prop twice. But he’s facing a Mets’ offense that is averaging 8.54 Ks per game and 8.39 Ks per game at home. With it only being seven innings, maybe Nola can find lightning in a bottle.
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