Money Line: -131.00 Philadelphia (Home)
When a team is down 10-0 in the top of the 2nd inning and yet battles all the way back to almost win the game you know you have a team with no quit. That is the case with the Phillies. Though certainly they would have rather had the sweep and not lost yesterday's series finale with the Braves, there is no hanging of heads for this Philly team. They battled all the way back and were down 11-10 heading to the 9th inning of yesterday's 12-10 loss. Now Philadelphia takes on a struggling Nationals team and the Phillies also hold a pitching edge here. Spencer Howard is a highly touted rookie and he has gotten past a blister issue that was giving him trouble earlier this season. In his most recent start Howard allowed 1 earned run in 3 and 2 / 3 innings while striking out 5. He also kept the ball in the yard in that one and his good stuff should be on full display at home against the struggling Nationals on Monday night. Washington has not won back to back games in 3 weeks! Since August 5th the Nats are 8-15. That included losing their only 2 meetings with the Phillies. As the defending World Champs, the Nationals have had a target on their backs this season and the Phillies are a division rival that has special disdain for Washington in particular due to having former Nat Bryce Harper on their roster now. Already 2-0 against the Nationals this season, the Phillies go for more tonight as they look to add to a stretch that had seen them win 5 straight games before last night's loss. Philadelphia had also won 5 straight home games before falling just short at Citizens Bank Park last night. The Phillies will take advantage of seeing Erick Fedde for the 2nd time in a week on Monday. Fedde has a 5.14 ERA at the MLB level with opponents hitting .290 against him. The Phillies are very familiar with Fedde and he struggled against them in last week's outing. Philadelphia has scored an average of 6 runs per game in their last 7 games and stay hot at the plate here per our computer math model which also is forecasting Howard to build off his most recent start and put together his most complete start at the MLB level. Bet the Philadelphia Phillies on the money line in early evening action Monday.