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Nationals vs. Phillies - 5/23/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Philadelphia Phillies (18-26) at Washington Nationals (25-17)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 4:05 pm (Nationals Park)

C Hamels (4-3) (3.24) vs. S Strasburg (3-4) (5.98)

The Line: Washington Nationals -145 / Philadelphia Phillies +135 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: TCN-PHI, MASN

The Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals play game two of their series Saturday.

The Philadelphia Phillies look to stay hot after winning five of their last eight games. The Phillies have scored eight runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six 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 lost five of their last seven road games. Cole Hamels gets the ball, and he’s 4-3 with a 3.24 ERA and 62 strikeouts this season. Hamels is 15-9 with a 2.72 ERA and 225 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.

Nationals vs. Phillies - 5/23/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Washington Nationals look to build on their six-game winning streak. The Nationals have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Nationals have won five straight games when scoring more than three runs. Yunel Escobar leads Washington with 48 hits and 14 RBI while Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman have combined for 70 RBI. The Washington Nationals have won seven straight home games. Stephen Strasburg takes the hill, and he’s 3-4 with a 5.98 ERA and 42 strikeouts this season. Strasburg is 5-1 with a 2.00 ERA and 89 strikeouts in his career against the Phillies.

The Phillies are 1-10 in their last 11 during game 2 of a series and 4-1 in Hamels' last 5 starts. The Nationals are 17-6 in their last 23 Saturday games and  2-5 in Strasburgs last 7 home starts. The Nationals are 5-1 in Strasburgs last 6 starts vs. Phillies and the Phillies are 17-7 in Hamels' last 24 starts vs. Nationals. 

The Nationals are finally playing like a World Series contender and have Strasburg on the hill. This is actually a decent price to take the Nats considering the circumstances. 

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Washington Nationals -145

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