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a three-game losing streak on Wednesday when they visit the Washington Nationals (63-63) as large road underdogs at the sportsbooks. The Phillies dropped the series opener to the Nationals 10-4 on Tuesday http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-bobby-cox-jersey , with their bullpen getting blown up for nine runs over three innings.MLB betting line: The Nationals opened as -173 favorites (wager $173 to win $100); the total is at 8.5 runs, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)MLB betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 3.5-1.6, Phillies (MLB picks on every game)Check out the OddsShark podcast on iTunes or at OddsShark.libsyn.com for more odds information, betting picks and a breakdown of this week's top sports betting news.Why the Phillies can pay on the MLB linesPhiladelphia's relief pitchers cannot perform much worse than they did on Tuesday, and hopefully Zach Eflin (9-4, 3.70 ERA) can stay in the game longer than Vincent Velasquez did. Velasquez gave up just one run in the first four innings before the bullpen imploded, and Eflin has gone at least six innings in each of his previous three outings.The 24-year-old righty has earned two wins over that stretch, and the one loss in between them was actually a better effort than either victory with two runs allowed in six innings and eight strikeouts. If Eflin can pitch like that again, the Phillies can win. Why the Nationals can pay on the MLB linesWashington started a fire sale earlier on Tuesday and then responded with a nice victory, perhaps motivated by the departures of Daniel Murphy and Matt Adams. Where the Nationals go from here remains to be seen, but they are back at the .500 mark and will see Stephen Strasburg (6-7, 3.90 ERA) go to the mound for the first time since July 20.Susan Walsh/Associated PressStrasburg surrendered six runs and eight hits in 4.2 innings of an 8-5 home loss to the Atlanta Braves in that last start and then proceeded to go on the disabled list with a neck injury. The extra rest should only benefit him in this spot http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-bob-uecker-jersey , and he went 6-1 with a 2.36 ERA in 10 starts versus Philadelphia between 2015 and 2017.Smart betting pickAs great as Strasburg has been in the past, he has not been good in 2018. He has lost in each of his past three starts, so it is extremely difficult to trust him as such a big favorite. The betting value is on Eflin and the Phillies, who had won eight of the previous 12 meetings in the series before Tuesday, according to the OddsShark MLB Database. MLB betting trendsThe total has gone over in five of Philadelphia's last seven games.Washington is 3-6 in its last nine games.The total has gone over in five of Washington's last six games at home.All MLB odds and betting trends according to Bleacher Report's official odds partner, OddsShark. Check out OddsShark on Twitter and Instagram or head to YouTube for more betting picks and analysis on this week's top games. You can also download the free odds tracker app. Scott Cunningham/Getty ImagesMLB teams are running out of time to make moves prior to the non-waiver trade deadline of Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET.Some teams have already made their splashes. Most notably, the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado, and the Philadelphia Phillies picked up the New York Mets' hot-hitting second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera.Expect a flurry of additional moves as the deadline nears. Here's a look at three teams who could be making plays down the stretch, with a focus on their areas of need.Cleveland Indians: OutfielderThe Cleveland Indians should coast to the American League Central crown, as the other four teams in their division are rebuilding. However, the Tribe needs to shore up a few areas of need prior to the playoffs, and one of them is the outfield, which has been decimated with injuries this season.Left fielder Michael Brantley has been fantastic this season Tyler Flowers Jersey , but center field and right field could use reinforcements. Bradley Zimmer, Lonnie Chisenhall and Tyler Naquin are all on the disabled list. Greg Allen was sent down to Triple-A. Melky Cabrera has hit just four home runs in 327 plate appearances since joining the Kansas City Royals in the middle of last season. Brandon Guyer has problems against right-handers (five hits in 50 at-bats).Per Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe, the Tribe have looked into three outfielders: Derek Dietrich of the Miami Marlins, Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Curtis Granderson and Cincinnati Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton.Dietrich is the best hitter and most versatile fielder, Granderson provides a solid veteran presence and pop against right-handers and Hamilton is a speed demon and occasional defensive wizard. Dietrich may be the best fit of the three given his bat and glove. Milwaukee Brewers: Starting PitcherThe Milwaukee Brewers are in the lead for the National League's top wild-card spot and within striking distance of the Chicago Cubs for the NL Central crown.The lineup looks playoff ready with the addition of Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas, but the starting rotation could use a boost after southpaw Brent Suter was lost for the season due to a torn UCL.Per FanGraphs, only one Brewers starter (Freddy Peralta) has an xFIP below 4.00 (for context, the average xFIP for starters in 2018 is 4.19). Furthermore, only two of Milwaukee's current starting pitchers (Peralta and Junior Guerra) have strikeout rates above 20 percent.Milwaukee should look to secure a starter before the trade deadline Tuesday. If the Brewers do so, their roster should be locked and loaded for a run to the postseason.Per Robert Murray of The Athletic (h/t Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports), Milwaukee has considered three starters: the Tampa Bay Rays' Chris Archer, Baltimore Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman and Zack Wheeler of the New York Mets. Any of those three could help boost the rotation. Atlanta Braves: More Bullpen HelpAtlanta Braves closer Arodys Vizcaino is on the disabled list with a shoulder injury, and David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution quoted some unfortunate news on his eventual return via manager Brian Snitker on July 23avid OBrien DOBrienATL#Braves鈥?Vizcaino is 2-3 weeks from throwing http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-orlando-cepeda-jersey , Snitker said, but they expect to get him back this season.Although it's encouraging that Vizcaino is expected back before the end of the season, the news that he won't be throwing until sometime in August is a concern.The Braves just traded for Baltimore Orioles reliever Brad Brach, but thebullpen could still use more reinforcements.Per ESPN, the team ranks 19th in the league in reliever ERA. Only four potential playoff contenders (Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians and Colorado Rockies) sit below them in that category.Atlanta has gone 6-13 in its last 19 games and could use some outside help. Adding to the bullpen would be a wise move. Of note, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that the Braves are looking into Texas Rangers relievers Keone Kela and Jake Diekman. Kela has 24 saves in 25 chances, while Diekman has a 3.79 ERA in 46 appearances.

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