With our MLB best betting pick we select from ESPN Sunday night baseball as the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals complete their weekend National League east divisional series. The Phillies and Nationals will begin from Washington at 8PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by ESPN. Our MLB best bet is playing on the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals to play under the total of 6 runs. The odds from our Major League Baseball pick today were courtesy of BetOnline sportsbook.
The betting odds from Sunday night baseball opened up at a pick with each side returning -110 odds. The run total opened up at 6 runs. Early money in the betting has not moved this line as each team continues to be lined at -110 odds. The run total remains firm at 6 runs. Those betting the run line on Washington and laying -1 ½ runs will get back +210 odds. Bettors playing the road club Philadelphia Phillies on the run line and getting +1 ½ runs will lay -230 odds.
Getting the start for the Phillies on Sunday night baseball will be veteran left hander Cole Hamels. The Phillies starter this season has been solid as Hamels sits with an ERA of 2.78 and WHIP of 1.83 on the 2012 campaign. On the road he has been steady sporting an ERA of 2.25 and WHIP of one in three starts in 20 innings of work. Hamels has had good control with just five walks in five starts and in his starts this season he is getting into the seventh inning. Last time out Hamels allowed two earned runs in six innings at Atlanta and the start before just two earned runs in eight innings at Arizona. The Phillies lineup continues to struggle as the team is playing without Chase Utley and Ryan Howard who have missed significant time due to injury. They have scored just four runs total in the two games of this series against the Nationals. In 14 lifetime starts Hamels has an ERA under three against the Nationals.
Going on the hill tonight for the Nationals will be Jordan Zimmerman who is making his sixth start of the 2012 campaign. Zimmerman has been solid for Washington as the hurler has an ERA of just 1.89 and WHIP of 0.84 in 33 1/3rd innings of work. Zimmerman is 1-2 this season despite those outstanding numbers because he gets absolutely no run support in his starts. Over his last three starts the Nationals starter has allowed five earned runs total working 19 1/3rds innings. He had one start at home against Philadelphia in the 2011 season and gave up just one earned run in seven innings pitched. As we have said in the past we look for opportunities to play Nationals games at home under because of their solid starting and relief pitching as well as weak hitting and a very pitcher friendly ball park. Washington can’t hit left handed pitching as evidenced by an anemic .191 team batting average in six games against southpaws. Tonight it lines up nicely for an under but before betting read sportsbook reviews.