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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals - 8/31/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Nationals (76-55) at Philadelphia Phillies (60-71)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

G Gonzalez (9-9) (4.25) vs. Adam Morgan (1-8) (6.50)

The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +170 / Washington Nationals -180 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: MAS2, CSPH

On Wednesday from Citizens Bank Park, the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies will be completing their series. 

This will be game three of the set. On Monday, the Nationals took a dominant 4-0 win. In Tuesday’s game, the Nationals eked out a 3-2 victory. 

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals - 8/31/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Taking the hill for the Nationals on Wednesday will be lefty Gio Gonzalez. In his 26 games and 9-9 record this year, Gonzalez holds a 4.25 ERA with a 1.31 WHIP in 148.1 innings. In his last start against Colorado, Gonzalez put up six innings with four hits and two runs for the win. 

It’s easy to find the hitters on the Nationals’ roster. Daniel Murphy has been the star this year with 162 hits, 82 runs, 25 homers and 98 RBI. Anthony Rendon has hit 128 times with 78 runs and 62 RBI. Wilson Ramos has 128 hits with 54 runs, 20 homers and 70 RBI. 

The Phillies will be countering with lefty Adam Morgan on Wednesday. In his 17 games (15 starts) and 1-8 record this year, Morgan owns a 6.50 ERA with a 1.61 WHIP in 80.1 innings. Morgan took another loss in his last outing against the Mets, going five innings with eight hits and six earned. 

The Phillies have a few notable hitters up top as well. Odubel Herrera has 136 hits with 68 runs and 42 RBI this year. Cesar Hernandez has put up 126 hits with 51 runs and 34 RBI. Maikel Franco has 118 hits with 54 runs, 22 homers and 72 RBI. 

The Nationals are 84-39 in their last 123 Wednesday games, and 17-4 in Gonzalez’s last 21 Wednesday starts. Washington is also 0-4 in Gonzalez’s last four road starts, and 0-5 in Gonzalez’s last five starts in game three of a series. 

Meanwhile, the Phillies are 5-1 in their last six game threes of a series, and 6-2 in their last eight Wednesday games. Philadelphia is also 5-17 in Morgan’s last 22 starts, and 1-4 in Morgan’s last five starts in game three of a series. 

I don’t think Morgan can out-duel Gonzalez here, so I’ll take the Nationals in the finale.

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Washington Nationals -180

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