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Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies - 9/9/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Philadelphia Phillies (53-88) at Washington Nationals (87-54)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)

Mark Leiter Jr. (2-5) (4.74) vs. E Jackson (5-4) (3.62)

The Line: Washington Nationals -183 / Philadelphia Phillies +173 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: MASN2

The Philadelphia Phillies continue their MLB baseball series in DC with the Washington Nationals.

The Philadelphia Phillies are simply trying to finish the season strong although the team struggles for consistency. The Phillies dropped an 11-10 decision at Washington on Friday with their pitching unable to get an out. Phils starter Jake Thompson allowed seven runs (five earned) on seven hits over five frames before Yacksel Rios gave up three more runs on five hits in an inning. Philadelphia totaled 14 hits and three walks with Nick Williams and Rhys Hoskins going deep, driving in six runs and scoring three while Maikel Franco clubbed a three run jack in the 9th. Mark Leiter has been named as the Philadelphia Phillies starter at the Washington Nationals on Saturday. Leiter hopes to bounce back from an 11-7 loss at the New York Mets where he  gave up  nine runs  (eight earned)  on nine  hits over 3.1 frames. 

Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies - 9/9/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Washington Nationals are heading towards the postseason and the only question will be whether the team is 100% healthy. The Nationals have been surging a bit with five consecutive victories following Friday night’s win. The Nats struggled on the mound but did plenty at the plate. Washington starter Max Scherzer was charged with four runs on six hits and a trio of BB over six innings pitched while Oliver Perez and Shawn Kelley each allowed three runs. The Nationals amassed 16 hits and three walks with Trea Turner and Michael Turner combining for seven hits including a long ball each along with eight RBI’s and four runs. The Washington Nationals will send Edwin Jackson to the mound to oppose the Philadelphia Phillies in game three of their series on Saturday.

Philadelphia are 3-10 in their last 13 Saturday games and Philadelphia and Philadelphia are 26-59 in their last 85 road games. The under is 17-6-5 in Washington last 28 overall and the under is 17-6-5 in Washington last 28 on grass while the under is 5-2-1 in Jackson’s last 8 home starts.  Philadelphia are 2-8 in the last 10 meetings in Washington and the under is 13-6-1 in the last 20 meetings.

I’m a Philadelphia and all I know is when this team scores ten runs they have to win because runs have been scarce. I’ll back the Washington and hope I’m wrong…

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