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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals - 4/12/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Nationals (1-3) at Philadelphia Phillies (2-2)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 1:35 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

M Scherzer (0-1) (0.00) vs. S O'Sullivan (0-0) (0.00)

The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +185 / Washington Nationals -200 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: MASN2

The Washington Nationals hope to leave the City of Brotherly Love with a win versus the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.

The Washington Nationals are the odds on favorite to win the National League East but early on they can’t score runs and that has cost them a few wins. The Nats struggles at the plate were the main factor in Saturday’s 3-2, ten inning loss at Philadelphia. Doug Fister tossed six scoreless  and left with a 2-0 lead before Blake Treinen allowed two and Tanner Roark the winner in the 10th.  Washington posted seven hits and walked four times with Wilson Ramos going deep while Clint Robison rapped a pinch hit single to score Danny Espinosa. Washington ends the series at Philadelphia with Max Scherzer on the bump. Scherzer lost to the Mets 3-1 in his first outing with three unearned runs allowed on four hits and two BB over 7.2 innings.

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals - 4/12/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Philadelphia Phillies have enjoyed some modest success thus far but the question is whether the team has the horses to win over the long term which many experts doubt. If that is the case the Phillies better enjoy their win over visiting Washington because they did what good teams do and that’s win games late. Starter Cole Hamels rebounded from a dreadful opener to hold the Nationals to two hits and a homer through seven innings with Jeanmar Gomez giving up another to trail 2-0. The offense should have scored more on 13 hits and a pair of free passes but settled for RBI’s from Carlos Ruiz and Ryan Howard to knot the score with Odubel Herrera rapping a walkoff run scoring single in the 10th. Sean O’Sullivan begins the season with an opportunity to make the Philadelphia rotation when he faces the Nationals Sunday. O’Sullivan made just three appearances for the Phillies in 2014 and went 0-1 with a 6.39 ERA.

The under is 10-1 in the Nationals last 11 road games while the Nats are 13-3 in their last 16 Sunday games with the under going 19-6-1 in their last 26 overall. Philadelphia are 8-21 in their last 29 Sunday games while the under is 5-2-1 in the past eight meetings overall. Perhaps the Phils just ‘have it’ in this series and they will tell me a lot if they beat Scherzer…

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Washington -1

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