Nationals V Phillies
The Washington Nationals are a good bet to win at home against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday. Washington starter Edwin Jackson has been strong as of late. He threw seven scoreless innings in his last outing and has been particularly sharp with his control, allowing just 35 walks in his 19 starts. Against the Phillies he pitched with success when the two teams squared off on May 23. He yielded just three runs in seven innings of work. In contrast, Philadelphia’s Vance Worley has been pitching poorly in recent appearances. He owns a 6.43 ERA in his past five outings. He’s simply been very hittable with a .353 batting average against during that stretch. Take the hotter pitcher and the Nationals at 1.70 and pass on the Phillies at 2.15.
Giants v Mets
In a pennant race and with a pitcher on the mound who thrives late in the season, the San Francisco Giants should pull out a home victory against the New York Mets. San Francisco’s Matt Cain had a mediocre July (3.85 ERA over four starts), but he’s always done well in August. Throughout his career, he owns a 3.01 ERA in August, which is his lowest for any month of the season. The heavily slumping Mets, who with a 6-17 through their first 23 July game are quickly falling out of the playoff race, may be less focused than the Giants, who are in a tight battle for the National League West with the Los Angeles Dodgers. New York starter Jon Niese did pitch reasonably well against the Giants when he faced them earlier in the season (three run in six innings), but he is coming off a weak performance against the Arizona Diamondbacks (eight runs over six innings). Believe in the Giants at 1.55 as the fading Mets, on at 2.45, will struggle in San Francisco.