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

Philadelphia Phillies (68-78) at Washington Nationals (77-69)

MLB Baseball: Friday, September 13, 2013 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)

Kyle Kendrick (R) (10-12) (4.508) vs. Stephen Strasburg (R) (7-9) (2.965)

The Line: Washington Nationals -260 / Philadelphia Phillies +240 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-Philadelphia, MASN

The Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies face-off on Friday in a N.L. East series opener.

The Washington Nationals had big expectations coming into this season, but their performance has come up short, as it doesn’t appear they will be returning to the postseason. The Nationals have won six games in a row, are 8-2 in their last 10 games, and they are 40-31 at home this season. As a team, the Nationals are hitting .251 with Jayson Werth hitting .324, Ian Desmond hitting .283, and Denard Span hitting .281. For game one against the Phillies, the Nationals start Stephen Strasburg, who is 7-9 with a 2.96 ERA for the season and 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA in his last three starts.

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

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The Philadelphia Phillies have played their best baseball of the season over the past month or so, but overall it hasn’t been a good season for them. The Phillies are 6-4 in their last 10 games and hey are 27-44 on the road this season. As a team, the Phillies are hitting .246 with Chase Utley hitting .276, Michael Young hitting .276, and Domonic Brown hitting .274. For game one in Washington, the Phillies start Kyle Kendrick, who is 10-12 with a 4.51 ERA for the season and 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA in his last three starts.

Washington is 10-3 in their last 13 home games, 24-9 in their last 33 games, and 5-1 in Strasburg’s last six starts. Philadelphia is 5-1 in their last six games, 7-20 in their last 27 road games, and 0-4 in Kendrick’s last four road starts. Philadelphia is 1-5 in the last six meetings of these two.

While both of these teams are finishing strong, the Phillies just haven’t been as good on the road and the Nationals have no problem here.

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