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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals Free Pick 9/2/13

Washington Nationals (69-67) at Philadelphia Phillies (62-75)

MLB Baseball: Monday, September 2, 2013 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

Stephen Strasburg (R) (6-9) (2.962) vs. Cole Hamels (L) (6-13) (3.581)

The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -104 / Washington Nationals -106 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: MASN2. CSN-Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Phillies and the Washington Nationals face-off on in Philadelphia on Monday for game one of their NL East series.

The Philadelphia Phillies have had a miserable season and while they have had some bright moments, it is a season where they are 21.5 games back in the NL East. Michael Young is hitting .276, Domonic Brown is hitting .274, and Chase Utley is hitting .269, but the Phillies just don’t have enough firepower to compete this year. For game one against the Nationals, the Phillies start Cole Hamels, who had a miserable start to his season, but has finished strong. Hamels is 6-13 on the season, with a 3.58 ERA and 1-0 in his last three starts with a 3.00 ERA.

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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals Free Pick 9/2/13

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The Washington Nationals were favored to win the National league East, but with less than a month left to play they are a little better than a.500 ball club and they are 14 games back in the division. The Nationals are 39-32 at home and they have lost their last three games. Jayson Wert was the Nationals top hitter at .322, with Ian Desmond at .285 and Bryce Harper hitting .277. For Monday’s game, the Nationals start Stephen Strasburg, who is 6-9,  with a 2.96 ERA on the season, an 0-0 record and a 4.63 ERA.

Philadelphia is 4-1 in their last five home games, 7-19 in their last 26 games as an underdog, and 4-0 in Hamels’ last four starts. Washington is 5-1 in their last six road games, 8-3 in their last 11 games overall, and 4-0 in Strasburg’s last four starts. Washington has won four of the last five meetings of these two.

The total is set aggressively low and for my first free pick I ma going to go with the over. I also have  a free pick on the winning side and I will give that out Free Pick on Monday’s 1stQuarter Podcast.

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