Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/7/14
Philadelphia Phillies (66-75) at Washington Nationals (79-61)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 1:35 pm (Nationals Park)
Cole Hamels (L) (8-6) (2.498) vs. Gio Gonzalez (L) (7-9) (3.886)
The Line: Washington Nationals -142 / Philadelphia Phillies +132 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-PHI, MASN
The Philadelphia Phillies look to sweep the Washington Nationals on Sunday afternoon.
The Philadelphia Phillies have won nine of their last 12 games and have pulled within nine games of a .500 record. The reason for this stretch is a Phillies pitching staff that’s allowed three or less runs in six of their last 11 games. Overall, the Philadelphia Phillies have an ERA of 3.87, which is 21st in the majors, and they’ve won 10 straight when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Ryan Howard has four RBIs in this series and Chase Utley has three hits in this series. Cole Hamels takes the mound, and he’s 8-6 with a 2.50 ERA and has 165 strikeouts in 169.1 innings. Hamels is 15-7 with a 2.58 ERA in 31 career starts against the Nationals.
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The Washington Nationals have lost four of their last six games and are 18 games above .500. The Nationals pitching staff hasn’t been up to par lately, allowing four or more runs in eight of their last 12 games. Overall, the Washington Nationals have an ERA of 3.14, which is second in the majors, and they’ve lost six of their last nine when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Jayson Werth has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games and Anthony Rendon has three RBIs in this series. Starting is Gio Gonzalez, who is 7-9 with a 3.89 ERA and has 135 strikeouts in 132 innings. Gonzalez is 5-4 with a 3.19 ERA in 11 career starts against the Phillies.
The Phillies are 5-1 in Hamels' last 6 road starts and 4-0 in Hamels' last 4 starts overall. The Nationals are 9-3 in Gonzalezs last 12 home starts and 20-8 in Gonzalezs last 28 starts with 5 days of rest.
The Phillies just swept the Nats a week ago and now have a pitcher in Hamels on the mound, who has had success against Washington in the past. Give me the Phillies again for the great value.