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Nationals vs. Phillies - 4/18/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Philadelphia Phillies (3-7) at Washington Nationals (4-6)
Date & Time Saturday April 18, 2015, 1:05 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Washington Nationals -188 / Philadelphia Phillies +178 --- Over/Under: 7
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The Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals play game three Saturday in their four-game series.

The Philadelphia Phillies really need a win in order to snap a six-game losing streak. The Phillies aren’t getting help from anybody, especially their pitching staff that’s allowed five or more runs in four straight games. The Phillies have lost eight straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Cody Asche leads Philly with 12 hits, while Jeff Francoeur and Chase Utley have combined for 11 RBI. The Philadelphia Phillies were expected to be one of the worst teams in the league this season, and they haven’t done much to change anybodys opinion so far. Aaron Harang gets the ball, and he’s 1-1 with a 0.73 ERA and nine strikeouts this season. Harang is 3-5 with a 30.5 ERA and 59 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.

The Washington Nationals seem to be getting back on track with wins in four of their last six games. The Nationals offense has produced 22 runs in their last three games, and they’ve won won 12 of their last 16 regular season games when scoring at least four runs. Michael Taylor and Yunel Escobar have combined for 24 hits and nine RBI, while Bryce Harper has six RBI and 17 strikeouts. Three of the Washington Nationals five victories have come on their home field, and it seems like they’re starting to figure things out. Jordan Zimmermann takes the hill, and he’s 1-1 with a 8.64 ERA and four strikeouts this season. Zimmermann is 6-6 with a 3.48 ERA and 55 strikeouts in his career against the Phillies.

The Phillies are 5-16 in their last 21 road games vs. a right-handed starter and 5-1 in their last 6 Saturday games. The Nationals are 14-4 in their last 18 Saturday games and 58-25 in Zimmermanns last 83 starts. The Phillies are 6-16 in the last 22 meetings in Washington.

The Phillies are just flat out terrible and aren't going to turn things around this season. Take the Nats to win by two in order to give your wager some value. 

Washington Nationals -1.5

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