Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals 8/2/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 8/1/2014
Saturday, August 2, 2014, 7:05 PM on WCAU, MASN
Nationals Park, Washington, District of Columbia
Philadelphia Phillies - Burnett, A (6-10) vs. Washington Nationals - Zimmermann, J (6-5)
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Saturday night, A.J. Burnett (6 - 10, 4.15 ERA) gets the call for the Philadelphia Phillies as they take on Jordan Zimmermann (6 - 5, 3.17 ERA) and the Washington Nationals. It will be the 24th start for Burnett and the 22nd start for Zimmermann.
A.J. Burnett dropped another game in his last start after getting torched for 7 runs and 8 hits (including a home run) in 5 innings of work. He walked 2 while striking out 4. Burnett has given up 6 or more runs twice in his last 3 starts and has allowed at least 1 run in 9 of his last 10 outings. The veteran righty seems on track for another sub-.500 season like 2013 when he posted a record of 10 - 11 with a 3.30 ERA in 30 starts for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Last season, Burnett was 1 - 0 with a 1.29 ERA in 2 starts against the Nationals. This season, Burnett is 2 - 1 in his 3 meetings against Washington.
Jordan Zimmermann pitched to his 2nd straight no-decision in his last outing. In that start, Zimmermann gave up 2 runs and 4 hits in 7 innings. He struck out 6 while walking just 1 batter. Ideally, Zimmerman could have had some more run support in some of his starts. But despite his record, he is having a decent season. He has virtually no shot to match his results from 2013 when he went 19 - 9 with a 3.25 ERA in 32 starts.
Last season, Zimmermann was 3 - 1 with a 2.63 ERA in 4 starts against the Phillies. This season, Zimmermann is 1 - 1 in 2 starts against Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Phillies Betting Trends
Philadelphia Phillies are 56-45-7 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Philadelphia Phillies is -0.6
Washington Nationals Betting Trends
Washington Nationals are 50-46-9 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Washington Nationals is 0.7
Injuries to Watch
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)
Guy's Pick: Take Philadelphia
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