Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Tip-off: Thursday, July 11, 2013 – 7:05 PM ET
Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Washington: Zimmermann (12-3, 2.57 ERA)
- Philadelphia: Kendrick (7-6, 3.90 ERA)
Even when Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann is still unbeaten at home, playing on the road hasn’t been the same story.
Philadelphia Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick has also been hit hard in his last two starts.
The 27 year-old Zimmermann will start versus Kendrick as the Nationals try to salvage a four-game split against the Phillies tonight.
Zimmermann (12-3, 2.57 ERA) is tied for the NL lead in victories, and Washington (47-44) has won his last seven starts and 15 of 18 overall. However, each of those defeats have come away from home, where he’s gone 3-3 with a 3.88 ERA — more than two runs higher than his home mark of 1.75.
According to YouWager experts the Wisconsin native has been especially bad in his last two starts in opposing stadiums, going 0-1 while allowing 13 runs in 11-plus innings.
Zimmermann didn’t really shine Saturday at home. The right-hander allowed three runs over 5 1/3 innings in a 5-4 victory versus the San Diego Padres but didn’t get a decision. He is 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA in his last three starts versus Philadelphia (45-47), but the All-Star player 1-2 with a 5.79 ERA in three career outings in Philadelphia.
On the other hand, Kendrick (7-6, 3.90), gave up four runs and 10 hits in six innings in a 6-1 defeat at Dodger Stadium on June 30, then surrendered six runs and a career-high 12 hits in five innings Saturday in a 13-4 home loss versus the Atlanta Braves.
The 28 year-old has dropped three straight starts once in his career, June 6-17, 2012.
Kendrick has posted mixed results against the Nationals, going 4-6 with a 4.69 ERA over 19 starts. The right-hander has allowed two runs or fewer in 10 of those games while posting a 9.80 ERA in the others.
While Bryce Harper has gone 7 for 14 with a homer and three doubles versus Kendrick, Jayson Werth is 2 for 17 and Adam LaRoche is 4 for his last 24 in their matchups.
According to the MLB liv wagering lines, Washington was limited to four runs in dropping the first two games of this set before hitting four homers in Wednesday’s 5-1 win. Anthony Rendon and Wilson Ramos hit back-to-back shots in the fifth inning before Ryan Zimmerman and Werth went back-to-back in the sixth.
Even with Wednesday’s defeat, Philadelphia is still 11-5 at home since June 2.