MLB Picks: Bet Strasburg & Nationals vs. Hamels & Phillies

Jeff Grant

Monday, September 2, 2013 12:32 PM GMT

The Washington Nationals are trying to stay alive in the playoff race, as they prepare to open up a three-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies Monday.

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Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this National League East matchup at Citizens Bank Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.

Remaining in the discussion

Washington picked up a 6-5 home victory over the New York Mets as -148 home favorites on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, while going ‘Over’ the betting total for the third time in four contests.

The Nationals are 8-5 on the road with a money line of -100 to -125 in the sports betting odds, with the ‘Over’ going 9-4 in that situation.

Returning home

Philadelphia went 3-4 on its recent seven-game road trip, which ended with a 7-1 defeat to the Chicago Cubs as +111 underdogs Sunday, while going ‘Under’ the betting total of 9.

The Phillies are 8-10 as home underdogs of +100 to +125 this season, with the ‘Under’ going 9-8-1 in those 18 opportunities.

Strasburg

Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (6-9, 2.96 ERA) has led the club to four consecutive victories, but he only managed to throw two innings last time out, as he didn’t reappear on the mound after a long rain delay.

The right-hander is 1-5 with a 4.98 ERA in 12 road outings, issuing 32 walks and striking out 62 batters in 65 combined frames.

In five career games versus the Phillies, Strasburg has compiled a 2-1 record and 3.16 ERA, including a 2-0 mark and 0.53 ERA in two outings this season.

Hamels 

Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels (6-13, 3.58 ERA) has also led his squad to four straight victories, including a 6-2 road win over the New York Mets last time out, as he allowed two runs and nine hits over seven innings of work.

The left-hander is 2-6 with a 3.82 ERA in 14 home appearances, with opposing hitters batting .256 against him.

In 26 career appearances versus the Nationals, Hamels has tallied a 14-6 record and 2.56 ERA, including a 4-2 home victory on July 9th.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Nationals in their MLB picks, as their bullpen has compiled a 3.16 ERA over the last 10 games, while the Phillies have put together a 5.13 ERA in the same situation.

MLB Pick: Washington Nationals -122 on the money line at William Hill

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