Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 7/31/14
Philadelphia Phillies (47-61) at Washington Nationals (58-47)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)
Cliff Lee (L) (4-5) (3.775) vs. Gio Gonzalez (L) (6-6) (3.555)
The Line: Washington Nationals -148 / Philadelphia Phillies +138 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies face off on Thursday in game one of their series of first and last place teams in the National League East.
The Washington Nationals have a slim lead in the National League East with 57 games remaining in their regular season. The Nationals are 30-20 at home, 6-4 in their last 10 games, and hey are coming off of a win on Wednesday. As a team Washington is hitting .249 with Denard Span hitting .288, Jayson Werth hitting .284, and Anthony Rendon hitting .279. The Nationals pitching staff has an ERA of 3.11 with the starters at 3.23 and the bullpen at 2.85. For game one against the Phillies the Nationals start Gio Gonzalez won has lost his last two decisions. For the season Gonzalez has allowed 76 hits and 37 earned runs while striking out 98 over 93.2 innings for a 6-6 record and a 3.56 ERA.
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The Philadelphia Phillies are struggling this season and they are in the basement of the NL East. The Phillies are 25-28 on the road, 4-6 in their last 10 games, and they are coming off of a loss on Wednesday. As a team the Phillies are hitting .241 with ben Revere hitting .301, Chase Utley hitting .289, and Marlon Byrd hitting .270. The Philadelphia pitching staff has an ERA of 4.06 with the starters at 4.07 and the bullpen at 4.02. For Thursday’s game the Phillies start Cliff Lee who has lost three of his last four decisions. For the season Lee has allowed 99 hits and 33 earned runs while striking out 68 over 78.2 innings for a 4-5 record and a 3.78 ERA.
Washington is 9-3 in their last 12 home games, 20-8 against a team with a losing record, and 5-2 in Gonzalez’s last seven starts. Philadelphia is 3-7 in their last 10 game one of a series, 4-13 against the NL East, and 1-5 in Lee’s last six starts. Philadelphia is 1-5 in the last six meetings of these two.
With the total set at seven I like the under and that will be my free pick here.
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