Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies
The Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies close out their NL East weekend series as they meet on Sunday for the rubber match. The Nationals are -156 favorites over the Phillies with an over/under run total set at 6.5.
The Washington Nationals haven’t looked like the playoff team they were a year ago but despite losing Saturday they still have plenty of time to get some positive momentum going. On Saturday Adam LaRoche had two hits include a home run, Denard Span had three hits, and Bryce harper had a hit as the Nationals scored three runs on 11 hits. Starting pitcher Dan Haren allowed four hits and three earned runs while striking out 10 over 6.0 innings but didn’t factor in the decision as Drew Storen took the loss to fall to 0-1 on the year. For Sunday’s game the Nationals start Stephen Strasburg who has been a tough luck loser several times this season. For the year Strasburg has allowed 51 hits and 19 earned runs while striking out 62 over 64.1 innings for a 2-5 record and a 2.66 ERA.
The Philadelphia Phillies continue to gain positive momentum as they got the win on Saturday in Washington. Dominic Brown had two hits including a home run, Erik Kratz had a hit, and Jimmy Rollins and Delmon Young had hits as the Phillies scored five runs on six hits. Starting pitcher Jonathan Pttibone allowed nine hits and three earned runs while striking out six over 6.0 innings but didn’t factor in the decision as Chad Durbin got the win to go to 1-0 and Jonathan Papelbon earned his ninth save. For Sunday’s game the Phillies start Cole Hamels who is having an awful season after signing a big contract. For the season Hamels has allowed 56 hits and 31 earned runs while striking out 57 over 62.2 innings for a 1-7 record and a 4.45 ERA.
Washington is 7-4 in their last 11 home games, 8-4 in their last 12 home games against a team with a losing record. Philadelphia is 12-5 in their last 17 games against the NL East, 6-2 in their last eight road games as an underdog of +110 to +150, and they are 1-4 in Hamels last five road starts. Philadelphia is 2-5 in the last seven meetings of these two.
We have two pitchers who haven’t had much lick but bad luck and both are just better than their records indicate but right now the Phillies are playing better baseball so getting them at this nice price is worth taking a shot on as Hamels should come around sooner rather than later.
Philadelphia Phillies +146 Washington Nationals