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Phillies at Nationals - 5/22/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Philadelphia Phillies (18-24) at Washington Nationals (24-17)

MLB Baseball: Friday, May 22, 2015 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)

S O'Sullivan (1-2) (3.68) vs. M Scherzer (4-3) (1.75)

The Line: Washington Nationals -260 / Philadelphia Phillies +237 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: NBC-10, MASN

The Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals begin a three-game series Friday night.

The Philadelphia Phillies look to stay hot after winning five of their last seven games. The Phillies have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last eight games. The Phillies have won six of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. Freddy Galvis leads Philly with 46 hits and 11 RBI while Ryan Howard and Chase Utley have combined for 39 RBI. The Philadelphia Phillies have split their last eight road games. Sean O'Sullivan gets the ball, and he’s 1-2 with a 3.68 ERA and 13 strikeouts this season. O'Sullivan is 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA and seven strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.

Phillies at Nationals - 5/22/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Washington Nationals look to build on their five-game winning streak. The Nationals have scored 21 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Nationals have have won five straight games when topping three runs. Yunel Escobar leads Washington with 47 hits and 14 RBI while Bryce Harper and Wilson Ramos have combined for 58 RBI. The Washington Nationals have won six straight home games. Max Scherzer takes the hill, and he’s 4-3 with a 1.75 ERA and 66 strikeouts this season. Scherzer is 2-1 with a 2.63 ERA and 29 strikeouts in his career against the Phillies.

The Phillies are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. National League East. The Nationals are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 1 of a series and 5-2 in Scherzers last 7 starts. The Phillies are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Washington and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings overall. 

The Nationals should win with Scherzer on the mound. However, this is insane value with the Phillies considering they're one of the hotter teams in baseball. I'll take a shot in the dark here. 

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Philadelphia Phillies +237

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