Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals - 5/4/14
Washington Nationals (17-12) at Philadelphia Phillies (13-14)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 3:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)
Gio Gonzalez (L) (3-1) (3.250) vs. Cole Hamels (L) (0-2) (6.748)
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -107 / Washington Nationals -103 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The Nationals look to respond in Philadelphia on Sunday after getting pasted by the Phillies last night by a 7-2 final.
The Washington Nationals were an utter disappointment last season as many had them projected to not only make the playoffs but to win the World Series and after falling short of all of those benchmarks everyone jumped back on them again this season. There is no question this team has talent and while Bryce Harper will be out for quite some time they have more than enough to fill that void both at the dish and on the hill. The Nats lean on the likes of Adam Laroche, Ian Desmond, Anthony Rendon, Danny Espinosa, and Jayson Werth to put runs on the board and with a rotations that includes Stephen Strasburg and today’s starter Gio Gonzalez it is safe to assume that the Nats will be in the running for October baseball. Washington was awful last night as they were completely shut down by AJ Burnett and Tanner Roark was shelled by a resurgent Phillies batting order that has Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, and Jimmy Rollins all playing in their World Series form.
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The Phils will send Roberto Hernandez to the mound in hopes of getting another solid outing from one of their starting pitchers but against an angry Nats lineup that was very inefficient last night he could face a tough task ahead of him. Philadelphia is widely considered to be a team that will float around the bottom of the NL East all season thanks largely in part to the fact that the Nats and Braves are seen as the class of the division but with the Marlins continuing to struggle and the Mets literally throwing games away this season the Phils could quietly sneak up the ladder and challenge for a wild card spot. The Phils are an old team in terms of their core players but have the next crop of guys in training as Dominic Brown and Cody Asche are starting to play well and in a couple of seasons the Phils could be back in contention once their former core has moved on. As for today though I like the visitors as I think the Nats just outmatch the Phils here at the dish and on the mound as Gio should keep the Phillies offense in check.