Philadelphia has lost its last four games, including a 7-0 defeat to Washington as +179 road underdogs Tuesday, while going 'under' the betting total of 8. The Phillies have an NL-worst 9-18 record since May 4, which has led to a 6.5-game deficit in the division standings. Over the last two-plus seasons, the Philadelphia Phillies are a forgettable 4-16 as underdogs of +150 to +175 away from the City of Brotherly Love.
Washington has scored 26 runs in winning three of its last four games, while it welcomes back star Ryan Zimmerman to the fold, who missed 44 games with a broken thumb, and was in left field for the first time in his 10-year career. The Nationals are 10-2 in their last 12 games against the Phillies, including wins in seven of their last eight meetings at this ballpark. MLB handicappers will find that the squad is 15-7 as home favorites of -175 to -200 since the start of the 2012 campaign.
Phillies starting pitcher A.J. Burnett (3-4, 3.79 ERA) has watched the club alternate wins and losses over his last four efforts, as he didn’t earn a decision in a 6-5 home victory over the New York Mets last week. The right-hander is 2-2 with a 3.86 ERA in six road outings, with opposing hitters batting .255 against him (.254 at home). In his last six appearances versus the Nationals, Burnett has tallied a 4-0 record and 1.02 ERA.
Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (4-4, 3.15 ERA) snapped a personal two-game losing streak by capturing a 9-2 home win over the Texas Rangers last time out, as he surrendered two runs (zero earned) and six hits over six frames. The right-hander is 4-1 with a 2.03 ERA in seven road starts—serving up just a single home run in 44.1 combined innings. Strasburgh has allowed just one extra-base hit in his last four efforts in this series.
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Nationals as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve won eight of Strasburg’s last 11 starts against division rivals.
Free MLB Pick: Washington Nationals