Nationals vs. Phillies - 4/19/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Philadelphia Phillies (4-8) at Washington Nationals (5-7)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 1:35 pm (Nationals Park)
D Buchanan (0-2) (11.42) vs. S Strasburg (0-1) (6.75)
The Line: Washington Nationals -229 / Philadelphia Phillies +211 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-PHI, MASN2
The Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals end their four-game series Sunday afternoon.
The Philadelphia Phillies look to win their second straight game just for the second time this season. The Phillies pitching staff must hold up in order for that to happen, as they’ve allowed four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Phillies have lost eight straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Freddy Galvis and Cody Asche have combined for 26 hits and seven RBI, while Ryan Howard has just six hits in 36 at-bats. The Philadelphia Phillies are just 1-5 on the road this season and can’t let this year slip away this quickly. David Buchanan gets the nod, and he’s 0-2 with a 11.42 ERA and four strikeouts this season. This will be Buchanan’s second career game against the Nationals.
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The Washington Nationals look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Nationals have scored 15 runs in this series and have won 10 of their last 14 regular season games when topping three runs. Ian Desmond leads Washington with 14 hits, while Michael Taylor and Bryce Harper have combined for 15 RBI. The Washington Nationals need to take advantage of games like this if they hope to get back in the NL East race. Stephen Strasburg takes the hill, and he’s 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA and 10 strikeouts this season. Strasburg is 4-1 with a 2.09 ERA and 82 strikeouts in his career against the Phillies.
The Phillies are 3-13 in their last 16 road games and 1-10 in Buchanans last 11 starts. The Nationals are 24-8 in their last 32 during game 4 of a series and 1-4 in Strasburgs last 5 home starts. The Nationals are 4-1 in Strasburgs last 5 starts vs. Phillies.
The Nats can't lose to the Phillies again, right? Wth Strasburg on the mound, it's hard not to pick the home team here. Pick Washington and the spread to give your wager more value.