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Nationals vs. Phillies - 4/16/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Philadelphia Phillies (3-5) at Washington Nationals (3-6)
Date & Time Thursday April 16, 2015, 7:05 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Washington Nationals -134 / Philadelphia Phillies +124 --- Over/Under: 6.5
TV Channel
CSN-PHI, MASN
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MLB | Philadelphia Phillies (3-5) at Washington Nationals (3-6)
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The Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals begin a four-game series Thursday night.

The Philadelphia Phillies need a win to snap a four-game losing streak. The Phillies continue to struggle on the offensive end where they’ve scored three or less runs in five of their last seven games. Cody Asche and Freddy Galvis have combined for 22 hits, while Chase Utley leads Philly with seven RBI. Pitching wise, the Phillies have allowed 12 runs in their last two games against the Mets. The Philadelphia Phillies are quickly proving many predictions right, as they’re starting to look like one of the worst teams in the league. Cole Hamels takes the hill, and he’s 0-1 with a 3.75 ERA and 11 strikeouts this season. Hamels is 15-8 with a 2.59 ERA and 218 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.

The Washington Nationals could also use a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Nationals are a team that’s not fulfilling expectations, and it starts with a pitching staff that’s allowed 22 runs in their last three games. The Nats were supposed to have the best pitching staff in baseball, but they’ve allowed four or more runs in five of their last seven games. Offensively, Michael Taylor and Yunel Escobar have combined for 20 hits, while Wilson Ramos has seven RBI. The Washington Nationals could really take advantage of this series to get back on track and make up some ground. Doug Fister gets the ball, and he’s 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and one strikeout this season. Fister Fister is 2-2 with a 2.12 ERA and 20 strikeouts in his career against the Phillies.

The Phillies are 2-5 in their last 7 during game 1 of a series and 6-2 in Hamels' last 8 starts during game 1 of a series. The Nationals are 15-7 in their last 22 vs. National League East and 9-2 in Fisters last 11 home starts. The Phillies are 23-9 in Hamels' last 32 starts vs. Nationals. 

The Nationals are only going to struggle for so long, right? The Phillies are hot garbage. Not sure how you don't take Washington in this spot. 

Pick:
Washington Nationals -134

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