Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals 8/1/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 7/31/2014
Friday, August 1, 2014, 7:05 PM on CSPh, MASN
Nationals Park, Washington, District of Columbia
Philadelphia Phillies - Hernandez, R (5-8) vs. Washington Nationals - Fister, D (10-2)
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Friday night, the Philadelphia Phillies will send Roberto Hernandez (5 - 8, 4.14 ERA) to the hill as they square off against the Washington Nationals and Doug Fister (10 - 2, 2.69 ERA). Hernandez makes his 20th start and 23rd appearance as Fister makes his 15th start.
Roberto Hernandez put together a decent effort to get the victory in his last outing. In that start, Hernandez allowed just 2 runs and 4 hits in 7 innings of work. He didn't issue any walks while striking out 1 batter. Hernandez has been trying to climb out of the hole he created in the beginning of the season, but he is still below .500 despite going 2 - 0 in his last 3 starts. In 2013, he went 6 - 13 with a save and a 4.89 ERA in 24 starts and 8 relief appearances for the Tampa Bay Rays.
Last season, Hernandez didn't face the Nationals but he has a start against them this season. In that outing, Hernandez got the win after hurling 7.1 scoreless innings.
Doug Fister extended his win streak after getting the "W" in his last start. In the victory, Fister threw 7 innings of shutout ball and surrendered just 3 hits and a walk as he struck out 5. Fister has been almost unbeatable for the last 2 months and is 8 - 1 in his last 10 outings. He is well on track to match or exceed his career-best win total from 2013 when he finished the year with a 14 - 9 record and a 3.67 ERA in 32 starts and a relief appearance for the Detroit Tigers.
Last season, Fister won his only start against the Phillies after holding them to a run on 3 hits in 8 innings of work. This season, Fister beat Philadelphia by restricting them to 2 runs and 4 hits (including a home run) in 7 innings.
Philadelphia Phillies Betting Trends
Philadelphia Phillies are 46-53-7 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Philadelphia Phillies is 0
Washington Nationals Betting Trends
Washington Nationals are 50-45-9 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Washington Nationals is 0.7
Injuries to Watch
07/30/14 C Carlos Ruiz Rest questionable
07/22/14 RF John Mayberry Wrist 15-day DL (7/21)
06/25/14 C Wil Nieves Quad 15-day DL (6/19)
06/20/14 3B Reid Brignac Ankle 15-day DL (6/20)
06/07/14 P Mike Adams Rotator Cuff 60-day DL (6/7)
05/13/14 2B Freddy Galvis Collarbone out 6-8 weeks
07/25/14 P Matt Purke Elbow 60-day DL (7/25)
07/23/14 LF Ryan Zimmerman Hamstring 15-day DL (7/22)
03/29/14 P Ross Ohlendorf Back 60-day DL (3/26)
03/28/14 P Erik Davis Elbow 60-day DL (2/13)
Tony's Pick: Take Washington
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