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Betting Prediction On Phillies Nationals– Phillies Look To Turn Things Around In Washington This Weekend

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 5/2/2012 3:23:11 PM

After the Boston Red Sox were labeled preseason sports betting favorites to win the World Series a year ago, it was hard for their fans to watch them struggle out of the gate, and then after looking so strong at midseason, collapse down the stretch to miss the playoffs. The Philadelphia Phillies haven’t done much better for their fans so far as the preseason World Series favorites out of the National League, but after climbing back to the .500 mark earlier this week they have the chance to make a statement against the Washington Nationals. The Nationals started strong but lost five-straight to fall back towards the pack in the NL West, setting up one of the most highly anticipated series’ of the weekend.

Philadelphia Phillies @ Washington Nationals
Friday, 7:05 PM ET

The Phillies won’t have to wait long to face their toughest test in the series, as 23-year old phenom Stephen Strasburg starts the opener for Washington against Kyle Kendrick. Kendrick is sporting an awful 6.59 ERA on the season, and Philadelphia has lost all six games that he has started. It won’t be any easier with Strasburg and his 1.13 ERA on the mound for the Nationals, as he has not allowed more than two earned runs in any of his six starts. The Phillies’ offense has struggled all season and ranks 25th in runs scored, so it doesn’t really make sense to take them in the opener regardless of their sportsbook odds.

MLB Betting Pick: Washington Nationals

Philadelphia Phillies @ Washington Nationals
Saturday, 1:05 PM ET

The second time around doesn’t get much easier for Philadelphia with Gio Gonzalez on the mound for the Nationals, but at least they have a weapon of their own to counter with in Vance Worley. Worley has looked dominant in his last three starts with just two earned runs allowed in a combined 20 innings, while striking out 22 batters. Gonzalez has been just as good for Washington, but he did lose a 2-0 game to the Los Angeles Dodgers his last time out and the Phillies really can’t afford to drop this contest with the Kentucky Derby betting going on that first Saturday in May.

MLB Betting Pick: Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia Phillies @ Washington Nationals
Sunday, 8:00 PM ET

Nobody projected at the beginning of the season that the Nationals would be in contention for the NL West title in early May, and now that they are there, Washington should fight like heck to stay in contention. A five-game losing streak may have hurt the team’s confidence, but with Jordan Zimmermann set to pitch opposite Cole Hamels in front of a national audience for the season finale, the Nationals have a chance to bounce back in a major way. Zimmermann actually has the better numbers of the two starting pitchers and Washington has played some great baseball at home this season. The Phillies have a pitching staff that ranks among the best in the majors, but until they can start producing on offense look for the teams they play to continue to cause them problems.

MLB Betting Pick: Washington Nationals

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