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Phillies Look To Add To Nationals’ Road Woes In Series Finale Thursday

Posted by Dale “Skip” Lalonde on 7/10/2013 6:12:17 PM

A three-game win streak has the Philadelphia Phillies challenging for second place in the National League East, with the chance to catch the Washington Nationals before the All-Star break. The Phillies entered Wednesday night’s action just 1.5 games back of Washington for that spot behind the division-leading Atlanta Braves, and will look to close out the online sports betting series on a high note Thursday night. Philadelphia has been a much better team at home than on the road all year, and will look to add to the Nationals’ road worse in this series finale.

Washington Nationals @ Philadelphia Phillies
Thursday July 11, 2013 – 7:05 PM ET
Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
MLB Sportsbook Line: Philadelphia - 140

The Nationals dropped the first two games of this series to fall to seven games below .500 as the visiting team this year, increasing the gap to six games back of Atlanta. Washington will send its best pitcher to the mound to try and stop the bleeding with Jordan Zimmermann getting the start, but will need more from the offense to steal a win.

MLB Betting Preview: Washington Nationals

Zimmermann has been outstanding for the Nationals all season, posting a 12-3 record with a 2.57 ERA. Zimmerman has won his last four decisions, and Washington has won each the last seven games that he has started, three of which had a lot to do with the 27-year old keeping his opponent without a run. The Nationals’ offense has ranked among the bottom five in the majors in terms of both scoring and average for most of the year, so Zimmermann will need to have another big game to get the win.

MLB Betting Preview: Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia’s offense hasn’t been much better, and their minus-44 run differential ranks them fourth in the NL West. The Phillies have come out on top in some close games of late though, and will try and do a better job of capitalizing with runners in scoring position in order to provide their pitchers with more support. Howie Kendrick is coming off back-to-back losses in which he allowed a combined 10 earned runs over his last 11 innings of work, but his 3.90 ERA for the season isn’t awful. Kendrick will need his offense to give him a chance opposite Zimmermann while buckling down himself.

MLB Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

Zimmerman’s record is where it is for a reason and he has done an excellent job all year and putting his team in the best possible position to earn sports betting wins. That won’t change against the Phillies, as Zimmermann is tasked with trying to steal what should be a close contest. Philadelphia started this series hot and looked very good taking the first two games, but they have been incredibly inconsistent all year so that mini hot streak is destined to come to an end sooner or later and it makes sense that it will happen here.

MLB Betting Pick: Washington Nationals + 130,/p>



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