John LannanPhiladelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals Friday Free MLB Pick: The Atlanta Braves have been running away and hiding from the rest of the NL East. The two teams that have been left in their dust, the Philadelphia Phillies and the Washington Nationals are going to go to war with one another on Friday night to start a three-game set in DC on Friday, and here at TCSP, we have our MLB free picks for what should be another great game!

Phillies vs. Nationals Game Time: 7:05 p.m. ET
Phillies vs. Nationals Live TV Coverage: MLB Network
MLB Odds: Phillies +145 / Nationals -160 (Total: 8)

This is just a ridiculous price on the Phillies right now. We know that the Phils have really been struggling, as they are only just off of a five-game losing streak at home. However, they are playing against a Washington team that has been in just as bad of shape. The Nats have lost four games in a row, and they have scored an average of just 2.50 runs per game in their last eight games, going just 2-6 in the process. Now add in the fact that LHP John Lannan is going to be throwing for Philly. It’s not so much that Lannan is a great pitchers that is getting us as much as it is that the Nationals just can’t hit left-handed pitching. Southpaws have held them down to just a .211 batting average for the season. Though RHP Dan Haren has been throwing better of late, he still isn’t the man that we want to be backing right now on the MLB odds, especially laying this horrible -160 number. Philly is easily one of the best plays on the MLB schedule on Friday night.

Phillies vs. Nationals Free Pick for August 9th: Philadelphia Phillies +145


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