Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies Free Pick - 9/14/13
Philadelphia Phillies (68-79) at Washington Nationals (78-69)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)
Cole Hamels (L) (7-13) (3.448) vs. Gio Gonzalez (L) (10-6) (3.311)
The Line: Washington Nationals -141 / Philadelphia Phillies +131 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-Philadelphia, MASN
The Washington Nationals host the Philadelphia Phillies in game two of their series.
The Phillies drive to secure third in the National League East took a step back in a 6-1 series opening loss at Washington.The Phillies have still won five of seven, which isn' too shabby, considering their makeshift lineup at times. Nothing went as planned Friday, with starter Kyle Kendrick getting hit hard, with all six runs allowed on eight hits over 4.1 frames to take the loss. The offense posted eight hits and walked twice, but received just a run-scoring single in the first for a short-lived lead. Lefty Cole Hamels gets the game two start versus the surging Nationals. Hamels is red-hot, with nine consecutive quality starts where he has gone 3-1 with five no decisions.
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Washington has been playing like the team that stormed to the National League East title a year ago, but it's a case of too little, too late, with the team struggling for most of 2013. The Nationals continued to roll Friday, with both the bats and arms on the same page once again in a 6-1 decision. The Nats have won nine of ten with fill in hurler Ross Ohlendorf allowing the lone run through five innings of work, with three relievers finishing the job. The bats played some long ball, with Wilson Ramos going deep and driving in three whle Ryan Zimmerman homered and Ian Desmond knocked in two more. Left-hander Gio Gonzalez toes the rubber in Saturday's battle with visiting Philadelphia. Gonzalez is riding the momentum of three straight victories with a complete game one hitter last time out in a 9-0 win over the Mets.
This should be a great game to watch with the pitching match up. I am taking the Nationals with Gonzalez who has a hot lineup behind him, but as a Phillies fan I hope I'm wrong...