Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies Free Pick - 9/15/13
Philadelphia Phillies (69-79) at Washington Nationals (78-70)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 1:35 pm (Nationals Park)
Tyler Cloyd (R) (2-4) (5.076) vs. Jordan Zimmermann (R) (17-8) (3.357)
The Line: Washington Nationals -205 / Philadelphia Phillies +190 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN, PHL 17
The Philadelphia Phillies shoot for consecutive victories over the red hot Washington Nationals.
The Phillies are a non factor in the National League East race but they haven't been an easy foe since Charlie Manuel was fired. The Phillies have won seven of eleven following Saturday's 5-4 win in DC. This was another strong performance on the mounf by Cole Hamels who allowed three earned runs on eight hits and three BB over six innings pitched. The offense broke loose for 13 hits and a pair of free passes with Carlos Ruiz driving in three while John Mayberry slugged his 11th homer of the season. The Phillies give Sunday's starting assignment to Tyler Cloyd. Cloyd needs a big rebound from an 8-2 loss to San Diego where he was charged with seven runs on nine hits over four innings pitched.
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The red hot Nationals had won nine of ten before dropping Saturday's contest to visiting Philadelphia. Washington's only shot at the postseason is the Wild Card but they needed to keep winning with no margin for error. That's a tough thing to expect and unrealistic at this point. The arms and bats have been equally effective for weeks although neither was strong Saturday with starter Gio Gonzalez giving up four runs on nine hits and a pair of bases on balls through six frames while Ian Krol gave up a run without recording an out. The Washington attack consisted of ten hits and five walks with three players driving in runs and an error plating another. Jordan Zimmerman looks for win number 18 when he gets the ball verus the division rival Phillies. Zimmerman has won three of four with ten runs plated covering 27.1 innings of work.
Zimmerman is the best the Nationals have and has a possible 20 win season in his grasp while Cloyd doesn't have a ton of experience so I naturally look at the Nats here...