Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals 9/5/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 9/4/2014
Friday, September 5, 2014
Nationals Park in Washington D.C.
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Friday night, Jerome Williams (5 - 5, 5.23 ERA) takes the mound for the Philadelphia Phillies as they square off against Stephen Strasburg (11 - 10, 3.49 ERA) and the Washington Nationals. Williams makes his 7th start and 33rd appearance as Strasburg makes his 30th start.
Jerome Williams picked up his 3rd straight victory in his last outing. In the win, Williams gave up 2 runs and 4 hits in 6.1 innings. He walked 3 and struck out 3. Since the Phillies claimed Williams off of waivers from the Texas Rangers, he has been impressive. He is 3 -0 with a 2.03 ERA in 4 starts and certainly doesn't look like a man pitching for his 3rd team this season. Last season, Williams posted a record of 9 - 10 with a 4.57 ERA in 25 starts and 12 relief appearances for the Los Angeles Angels.
Williams didn't face the Nationals last season and only has a relief appearance against them this season. The 8 Nationals that have faced him before are batting .304 with 7 hits and an RBI in 23 at-bats.
Stephen Strasburg turned in another solid effort in his last outing and it earned him the victory. Strasburg gave up just a run (on a solo homer) and 6 hits in 7.2 innings of work. He struck out 8 without issuing any free passes. In the last few weeks, Strasburg has pitched some great outings and some bad ones too. That's why he is 4 - 4 in his last 10 starts. In 2013, Strasburg finished the year with an 8 - 9 record and a 3.00 ERA in 30 starts.
Strasburg went 2 - 0 with a 0.39 ERA in 3 starts against the Phillies last season. This season, Strasburg is 2 - 0 in 4 starts against Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Phillies Betting Trends
Philadelphia Phillies are 72-56-11 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Philadelphia Phillies is -0.4
Washington Nationals Betting Trends
Washington Nationals are 69-57-12 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Washington Nationals is 0.8
Injuries to Watch
08/01/14 P Cliff Lee Elbow 15-day DL (7/31), out for season
06/20/14 3B Reid Brignac Ankle 15-day DL (6/20)
08/11/14 RF Steven Souza Shoulder 15-day DL (8/10)
08/07/14 P Taylor Jordan Elbow 60-day DL (8/5)
08/05/14 LF Nate McLouth Shoulder 60-day DL (8/2); out for season
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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