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(2-1) Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies (1-2)
Date: Friday, April 7, 2017
Time: 3:05 PM ET
Venue: Citizen’s Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA.
Projected Pitchers: Scherzer vs. Velasquez
MLB Moneyline Odds: Washington -160 / Philadelphia +150
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Washington +105 / Philadelphia -125
MLB Betting Total: 7.0 (Over -110 / Under -110)
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Max Scherzer was not sure that he’d even pitch at all this season when Spring Training began.
The reigning Cy Young and Nationals’ ace had a broken knuckle in his right ring finger. It was a rare injury that complicated his throwing schedule and set him behind schedule.
But Scherzer stayed patient and started throwing without furthering the injury. The result was that Scherzer didn’t start the season on the DL.
Instead, he slots in the fourth spot in Washington’s rotation and starts their first road game of the season in Philadelphia.
The Phillies come home to Citizens Bank Park following two straight losses in Cincinnati, including the rubber game on Thursday afternoon.
Vince Velasquez makes his first start of the season and while he is not the Phillies’ fourth-best starting pitcher, that’s where the Phils are using him.
It’s not as if they want to squeeze every inning possible out of him anyway.
Peter Mackanin shut him down in September last season after a career-high 131 innings.
Velasquez shows flashes of an ace.
He broke onto the scene real early last year when he struck out 16 in a 3-hit shutout of the San Diego Padres. He, along with Aaron Nola are the two prized young arms in the Phillies’ rotation.
Surely he’ll be hyped up to face Scherzer with that innings count back down at zero.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- WAS are 20-8 in their last 28 games as a favorite.
- Over is 9-1-1 in Scherzers last 11 Fri. starts.
- WAS are 13-3 in Scherzers last 16 starts.
- PHI are 9-23 in their last 32 games as an underdog.
- Head to Head: WAS are 8-1 in Scherzers last 9 starts vs. PHI.
- Head to Head: WAS are 21-8 in the last 29 meetings.
Free Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies MLB Prediction: the Cy Young is still best.
All signs point to Max Scherzer being healthy so I don’t expect anything other than a win against the Phillies.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Nats -160
Washington continues to roll.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Washington 4 – Philadelphia 1
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