MLB Picks: Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Jeff GrantContributor IJuly 8, 2013

MLB Picks: Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies

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    The Philadelphia Phillies are 7-3 in their last 10 home games versus right-handed starters, which is important to consider when making your MLB picks Monday, when they open up a four-game series against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park on ESPN.

    Courtesy of SBR Forum, the Phillies are plus-105 underdogs in the pro baseball odds, with the total sitting at nine in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this National League East matchup from a betting perspective, while offering up a prediction along the way.

Washington Nationals

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    The Washington Nationals went 5-2 on their recently completed homestand, which included an 11-7 victory over the San Diego Padres as minus-230 favorites Sunday.

    Nationals starting pitcher Dan Haren is 0-3 with a 5.82 ERA in six career starts versus the Philadelphia Phillies.

Philadelphia Phillies

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    The Philadelphia Phillies have won three of their last four games, including a 7-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves as plus-138 home underdogs Sunday.

    Phillies starting pitcher John Lannan is 0-1 with a 4.76 ERA in three home starts this season, but he's yet to surrender a home run in 17 combined frames in that situation.

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the Philadelphia Phillies as one of their MLB picks Monday, as the Washington Nationals have lost Dan Haren's last eight starts.

    MLB Pick: Philadelphia Phillies plus-105

     

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