Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies Pick-Odds-Prediction - 9/5/14
Philadelphia Phillies (64-75) at Washington Nationals (79-59)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 5, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)
Jerome Williams (R) (4-1) (4.173) vs. Stephen Strasburg (R) (11-10) (3.492)
The Line: Washington Nationals -230 / Philadelphia Phillies +212 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia Phillies head down the interstate to open a weekend series with the Washington Nationals.
The Philadelphia Phillies are playing their best baseball allthough the time has come and gone fot it to make a difference. However six of those wins have come against postseason contenders. The Phillies saw a chance to sweep Atlanta go by the wayside Wednesday in a 7-4 defeat that saw poor defense put the team in anearly hole. David Buchanan was charged with four runs (one earned) in a four inning stint with Mario Hollands and Miguel Gonzalez followed with three runs scored. Grady Sizemore went deep and knocked in two while Chase Utley plated two more. Jerome Williams makes his 5th start with Philadelphia when he takes the hill verus the Washington Nationals. Williams has won three in a row with a 1.69 ERA with 12 hits allowed in 21.1 frames.
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The Wshington Nationals haven't been setting the world on fire the past few weeks with the team hovering around .500 but perhaps their 8-5, 12 inning victory over the Dodgers is the spark needed to get going once again. Jordan Zimmermann alloewd two runs in 6.1 frames before Rafeal Soriano gave up a 9th inning run to squander a 3-2 lead. In extras Tyler Clippard served up a two run homer to blow another save before Blake Treinen finally earned the win with a scoreless two inning stint. Adam LaRoche homered and drove in five with Asdrubal Cabrera going deep and knocking in two. Washington sends out right hander Stephen Strasburg to oppose the Philadelphia Phillies for the 5th time. Strasburg is coming in off of a 3-1 victory over Seattle where he gave up a run over 7.2 innings.
Huge juice here which is actually more then I was thinking. Williams is not a guy with that will maintain a sub two ERA and whether his hot pitching continues is the key. I'm going with the Nationals but will likely sit this out...