Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals 8/3/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 8/2/2014
Sunday, August 3, 2014, 1:35 PM on CSPh, MASN
Nationals Park, Washington, District of Columbia
Philadelphia Phillies - Hamels, C (6-5) vs. Washington Nationals - Strasburg, S (7-9)
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Left-hander Cole Hamels (6-5) will be going for his fourth consecutive win when he and the Philadelphia Phillies face Stephen Strasburg (7-9) and the Washington Nationals on Sunday afternoon.
Cole Hamels won his third game in a row on Tuesday when he was able to defeat the New York Mets on the road. He pitched eight shutout innings in that start and gave up just six hits while walking no one and striking out eight. Hamels has struck out 133 batters in 130.1 innings this season and has only given up eight home runs.
One player on the Nationals who has always done well against Hamels is Scott Hairston, who is 16-for-41 against him with five doubles, five home runs and nine RBI. Ian Desmond is just 8-for-41 versus Hamels with a walk and 10 strikeouts.
On Tuesday, Stephen Strasburg lost his third consecutive game when he was beaten by the Miami Marlins on the road. He did pitch well in that game, though, by giving up just one run in seven innings and striking out four while walking two. Strasburg currently owns a 3.55 ERA and he has struck out 10.4 batters per nine innings.
Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins has hit a home run off of Strasburg, but he is just 3-for-27 overall against him with 11 strikeouts. Outfielder Marlon Byrd is 6-for-15 against the right-hander with a double, a home run and six RBI.
Philadelphia Phillies Betting Trends
Philadelphia Phillies are 57-45-7 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Philadelphia Phillies is -0.6
Washington Nationals Betting Trends
Washington Nationals are 51-46-9 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Washington Nationals is 0.6
Injuries to Watch
08/01/14 P Cliff Lee Elbow 15-day DL (7/31)
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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