Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/26/14
Washington Nationals (75-55) at Philadelphia Phillies (59-72)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)
Gio Gonzalez (L) (6-9) (3.825) vs. Cole Hamels (L) (7-6) (2.533)
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +106 / Washington Nationals -116 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN, CSN-PHI
The Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies play game two of a three-game series on Tuesday.
The Washington Nationals have won 12 of their last 14 games and are 20 games above .500. The Nationals pitching staff has been getting the job done, allowing three or less runs in 11 of their last 16 games. Overall, the Washington Nationals have an ERA of 3.09, which is second in the majors, and they’ve won eight of their last nine games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Jayson Werth has 12 hits in his last nine games and Wilson Ramos has homered twice in his last six games. Gio Gonzalez takes the hill, and he’s 6-9 with a 3.83 ERA and has 127 strikeouts in 120 innings. Gonzalez is 5-4 with a 3.06 ERA in 10 career starts against the Phillies.
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The Philadelphia Phillies have won five of their last seven games and are 13 games below .500. The Phillies have been scoring runs lately, producing four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Phillies have won six of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Marlon Byrd has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games and Domonic Brown has eight hits in his last 10 games. The Philadelphia Phillies have an ERA of 3.94, which is Starting is Cole Hamels, who is 21st in the majors. 7-6 with a 2.53 ERA and has 153 strikeouts in 156.1 innings. Hamels is 15-7 with a 2.54 ERA in 30 career starts against the Nationals.
The Nationals are 6-0 in their last 6 during game 2 of a series and 2-5 in Gonzalezs last 7 road starts. The Phillies are 5-14 in Hamels' last 19 starts with 5 days of rest and 5-2 in Hamels' last 7 starts overall. The Phillies are 9-2 in Hamels' last 11 home starts vs. Nationals, while the Nationals are 4-1 in Gonzalezs last 5 road starts vs. Phillies.
The Phillies are finally playing some decent baseball and Hamels has had the Nationals number throughout his career. I like the home team for the plus money.