Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/2/14
Philadelphia Phillies (48-61) at Washington Nationals (58-48)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)
AJ Burnett (R) (6-10) (4.149) vs. Jordan Zimmermann (R) (6-5) (3.168)
The Line: Washington Nationals -220 / Philadelphia Phillies +205 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NBC 10, WUSA 9, MASN
The Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals play game three of four on Saturday night.
The Phillies have won six of their last nine games and have pulled within 12 games of a .500 record. The Phillies offense has picked up a little bit, scoring four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Phillies have won four of their last five games when scoring more than three runs. Marlon Byrd has three RBI in this series and Chase Utley has 10 RBI in his last 10 games. The Phillies have an ERA of 4.04, which is 22nd in baseball. A.J. Burnett takes the hill, and he’s 6-10 with a 4.15 ERA and has 123 strikeouts in 149.2 innings. Burnett is 10-4 with a 3.37 ERA in 20 career games against the Nationals.
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All of a sudden the Nationals have lost five of their last seven games. The Nationals have allowed 12 runs in this series and have lost three straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Anthony Rendon has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games and Ian Desmond has three RBI in his last three games. The Nationals have an ERA of 3.17, which is third best in the majors. Starting is Jordan Zimmerman, who is 6-5 with a 3.17 ERA and has 113 strikeouts in 125 innings. Zimmerman is 5-6 with a 3.82 ERA in 12 career starts against the Phillies.
The Phillies are 0-4 in Burnetts last 4 road starts and 1-6 in Burnetts last 7 starts overall. The Nationals are 42-16 in Zimmermanns last 58 starts as a favorite and 35-17 in Zimmermanns last 52 home starts.
There's too much value in this spot to pass up the Phillies. Not only have the Phillies won the first two games of this series, but Burnett has been pitching well as of late and has great success against the Nationals. Take the Phillies as a value pick.