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Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies MLB Pick,Odds, Prediction 8/1/14

Philadelphia Phillies (48-61) at Washington Nationals (58-48)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 1, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)

Roberto Hernandez (R) (5-8) (4.216) vs. Doug Fister (R) (10-2) (2.690)

The Line: Washington Nationals -220 / Philadelphia Phillies +205 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSPh, MASN

The Nationals look to widen their division lead in the NL East as they host the Phillies for game two of their four game weekend series.

The Philadelphia Phillies are having a forgettable season as their high priced roster hasn’t lived up to its billing, but on Thursday night the offense came alive in a 10-4 rout.  Starter Cliff Lee exited the game after 2 2/3 innings with a re-injury of his left elbow but the bats knocked around opposing starter Gio Gonzalez, chasing him from the game with a five run effort in the fourth inning.   The Phillies proceeded to tack on five more runs when all was said and done in a 17 hit outing without a home run.  For Friday night’s game Philly will turn to Roberto Hernandez who has been mediocre at best across 19 starts; the 33 year old right hander has struggled mightily on the road with a 5.64 ERA and opponent batting average of .297.  Combined for the season Hernandez has a WHIP of 1.39 and ERA of 4.14 with a 5-8 record.   Hernandez was rock solid in his only start against the Nationals this year, but that game was back on May 4th – the veteran had his best month of the season by far in May.  The Phillies are 26-28 on the road this season which is way better than their record at home.

Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies MLB Pick,Odds, Prediction 8/1/14

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The Washington Nationals learned the familiar lesson that a divisional opponent can have fun playing the spoiler role at this stage of the season in last night’s lopsided loss.  The Nats scored four runs on eight hits but the pitching staff failed to keep Phillies players off the bases as the visitors piled on singles all night.  The Nationals will look to rebound as they turn to Doug Fister who leads the starting staff in ERA despite being listed as the fourth pitcher on the depth chart.  The 30 year old right hander is enjoying his best major league season in his sixth year as he enters this game with a WHIP of 1.08 and ERA of 2.69 to complement a stellar record of 10-2.   Fister has made 14 starts on the year and has lasted more than five innings in all but one and allowed more than three earned runs just twice, also winning in all five of his starts at home.  The Nationals are a strong home team at 30-21 on the season.

The Phillies put the hurt on the Nationals last night but I see the home team returning the favor in what sets up as a strong revenge spot.  Lay the runline with the Nationals. 

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