Nationals vs. Phillies prediction: Take hot starter


Sad. With primary day behind us, I have to admit I’m really going to miss getting three, maybe four calls a day from Curtis Sliwa. Highly entertaining.

Sadder. Considering the Islanders got their doors blown off in Tampa, the doors on the Old Barn may be next.

En Fuego! Erick Fedde’s (4-4, 3.33 ERA) scoreless innings streak is at 20 for Washington. And he has faced quality opponents, the Giants and the Mets, in his past two starts.

The Nationals are in Philly. Washington had won eight of 10 heading into Tuesday night’s series opener. Vince Velasquez (2-2, ERA 4.44) was removed after four frames in San Francisco last Friday in his latest troubled outing. Vinny V has allowed 15 runs over his past 29 innings, issuing 15 free passes. Play 20 units on the Nats.

Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras and Patrick Wisdom homered, Kyle Hendricks won his eighth game in a row and the Cubs clobbered Cleveland 7-1. Down -1,448 kessingers.

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