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Hamels Looks to Turn Season Around as Phillies Host Nationals

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 7/8/2013 10:33:36 PM

Cole Hamels has had a rough year on the mound with the Philadelphia Phillies this season with a a 3-11 record and 4.38 ERA. Last year he was a potential Cy Young candidate, and this year he has been one of the Phillies' worst starters and could be starting his decline as a pitcher at the age of 29 if he is unable to turn his pitching around.

Washington Nationals @ Philadelphia Phillies

Tuesday July 9, 2013 – 7:05 PM ET

Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA

While Hamels has been one of the week links for the Phillies this season, sports gamblers have seen the whole Washington Nationals' offense be their weak link this year after many hailed them as one of the top World Series contenders. The Nationals find themselves still in the race for the NL East crown despite their struggles meaning the second half of the season will be key for their playoff hopes.

MLB Betting Preview: Philadelphia Phillies

Hamels will be starting on the mound in this game for the Phillies and given the six inning three run performance he had against them over a month ago sports books should be expecting this game to be a close one. Hamels has had ups and downs this year sometimes going seven and giving up only one run, meaning the Phillies still have a chance in this game especially if their offense comes to play. Their offense doesn't stand out in any one category, and while that makes it harder to rely on them for runs, it also makes it harder for opposing pitchers to game plan against which is a possible reason for Domonic Brown's breakout season in which he is hitting .281 with 23 home runs through 88 games.

MLB Betting Preview: Washington Nationals

While the Phillies will send a struggling veteran to the mound, the Nationals have a rookie slated to start his third career major league game. Taylor Jordan has pitched just ten major league innings and holds a 2.70 ERA through two short starts. Jordan pitches to contact with few walks meaning he will make the Phillies beat him with their hitting without giving them many free base runners. This is good news for Nationals fans as they can't afford to give away runs considering they are sixth to last in the majors in runs scored this year. The Nationals tend to always have a tough time scoring runs, but with Bryce Harper back from injury they may see that trend begin to turn around.

MLB Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

Neither of these teams are a big threat on offense although each does have at least one dangerous player in their lineup. The Nationals may have a small advantage on the mound as they are sending out a pitcher the Phillies have never seen, which is why the Nationals are my sports betting pick for this Tuesday night game.

MLB Pick: Nationals

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