Philles & Cole Hamel to Win Game 2 Against the Sizzling Nationals

Ross Benjamin

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 1:15 PM GMT

Can the Phillies ace Cole Hamels slow down the sizzling Washington Nationals? Is this too cheap a money line price for a 1st place team versus a basement dweller? We have the answers in this revealing MLB handicapping article which culminates with a MLB free pick on one of the sides.

NL East Battle in “The City of Brotherly Love”
The Phillies will host the Nationals at First Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia with the first pitch slated for 7:05 PM ET. According to MLB betting odds the Nationals are a -115 money line road favorite and the posted total is 7.0.

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The Starting Pitchers
The Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez has posted a solid 2.70 ERA over his last 3-starts but it’s a bit of a deceiving statistic. The Nationals hurler has actually displayed shaky form over those last 3-starts by posting a lofty 1.56 WHIP. He’s gone 4-6 against the money on the road this season with a 3.54 ERA. The southpaw has gone 0-2 against the money versus the Phillies this season while posting a lofty 4.91 ERA.

The Phillies Cole Hamels has had a very good season with all things being considered. In 23-starts in 2014 he’s compiled a stellar 2.53 ERA. He’s been in terrific form over his last 7-starts by posting an excellent 1.65 ERA and just shy of a 6:1 strikeout to walk ratio. In 2-starts versus the Nationals this season, Hamels has posted a superb 1.93 ERA and 0.86 WHIP.

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Red-Hot Nationals
Entering this series the Washington Nationals had won 12 of their previous 13-games which included a 10-game unbeaten streak. They won 7 of those 12-games during that sizzling span by 1-run. The Nationals have gone a very profitable 23-13 this season versus left-handed starting pitchers.

 

A ho-hum Year in Philly
The Phillies entered this series versus the division leader on the opposite end of the spectrum, in the basement of the NL East. They’ve had few bright spots to speak about this season, and have certainly been a disappointment at home going 30-38. They did start the week having won 3 of their last 4, but had won 2-games in a row only once since August 7th. This is an aging team that’s stuck with their core group of Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, and Ryan Howard with for better or worse mentality. On a positive note, the Phillies have gone 17-15 versus southpaw starters this season.

 

Final Analysis
Since June 6th the Phillies have won 34-games and 10 of the 34 (29%) of them have come with Cole Hamels as their starting pitcher. Contrarily, since July 26th the Nationals have lost only 10-games and 4 of those 10 (40%) have come with Gio Gonzalez as their starting pitcher. Do you see where I’m going with this? I hope so. Cole Hamels cools off the red-hot Nationals tonight.

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