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Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies

The Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies face off on Saturday at Turner Field for game two of their series.
The Atlanta Braves jumped put to an early lead on Friday and added to it as they knocked off the Phillies. Jason Heyward had two hits including a home run, Chris Johnson had two hits, and Justin Upton had a hit as the Braves scored six runs on 10 hits. Starting pitcher Ervin Santana allowed six hits and four runs, three earned, while striking out one over 6.0 innings to get the win and go to 8-6 for the season and Craig Kimbrel earned his 30th save. For Saturday’s game the Braves start Alex Wood who had two no decisions and a loss in his last three starts. For the season Wood has allowed 80 hits and 32 earned runs while striking out 82 over 85.2 innings for a 6-7 record and a 3.36 ERA.
The Philadelphia Phillies took the loss on Friday and they could be sellers as the trade deadline gets closer. On Saturday Grady Sizemore had two hits and Chase Utley and Ryan Howard had hits s the Phillies scored four runs on six hits. Starting pitcher A.J. Burnett allowed 10 hits and six runs while striking out five over 5.0 innings to take the loss and fall to 6-9 for the season. For Saturday’s game the Phillies start Cole Hamels who has solid numbers but they don’t show up in the win-loss columns. For the season Hamels has allowed 92 hits and 35 earned runs while striking out 106 over 107.1 innings for a 3-5 record and a 2.93 ERA.
Atlanta is 6-1 in their last seven home games, 13-5 in their last 18 games, and 13-5 against a team with a losing record. Philadelphia is 4-1 in their last five road games, 2-9 against the NL East, and 2-6 in Hamels last eight starts against a team with a winning record.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies

The St. Louis Cardinals and the Philadelphia Phillies face off on Friday at Busch Stadium for game two of their series. The Cardinals are -160 favorites over the Phillies with an over/under run total set at 8.5.
The St. Louis Cardinals continue to chase the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central and they lost a full game on the leaders on Thursday as the Brewers won while the Cardinals lost to the Phillies. Matt Carpenter, Matt Adams, and Yadier Molina each had hits as the Cardinals scored one run on four hits. Starting pitcher Shelby Miller allowed seven hits and four runs while striking out four over 6.2 innings to take the loss and fall to 7-6 for the season. For Friday’s game the Cardinals start Jaime Garcia who has won all three of his decisions this season. For the year Garcia has allowed 32 hits and 16 earned runs while striking out 32 over 38.2 innings for a 3-0 record and a 3.72 ERA.
The Philadelphia Phillies are heating up as they won their fourth game in a row beating the Cardinals on Thursday. Ryan Howard had two hits including a home run, Chase Utley had two hits, and Jimmy Rollins had a hit as the Cardinals scored four runs on eight hits. Starting pitcher David Buchanan allowed four hits and a run while striking out four over 7.2 innings to get the win and go to 3-3 for the season and Jonathan Papelbon earned his 17th save. For Friday’s game the Phillies start A.J. Burnett who has lost two of his last three starts. For the season Burnett has allowed 90 hits and 44 earned runs while striking out 74 over 95 innings for a 4-6 record and a 4.17 ERA.
St. Louis is 8-4 in their last 12 games, 5-3 in their last eight home games, and 6-2 in Garcia’s last eight starts in game two of a series. Philadelphia is 5-0in their last five road games, 5-0 as a road underdog, and 1-4 in Burnett’s last five starts with 4 days of rest. Philadelphia is 2-4 in their last five games in St. Louis.
I like the Phillies as a nice price underdog against the Cardinals here.

Pick
Philadelphia Phillies +150 St. Louis Cardinals

Miami Marlins vs. Philadelphia Phillies

The Miami Marlins and the Philadelphia Phillies face off on Wednesday in Miami for game two of their series. The Marlins are -135 favorites over the Phillies with an over/under run total set at 7.5.
The Miami Marlins looked to have Tuesday’s game against the Phillies own but they let it slip away losing the lead late. Garret Jones had four hits and Casey McGehee and Jarrid Saltalamacchia each had hits as the Marlins scored five runs on six hits. Starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani allowed six hits and five runs while striking out two over 5.1 innings to take the loss and fall to 1-1 for the season. For Wednesday’s game the Marlins start Nathan Eovaldi who took a loss in hs last start. For the season Eovaldi has allowed 55 hits and 22 earned runs while striking out 50 over 54.2 innings for a 2-2 record and a 3.62 ERA.
The Philadelphia Phillies were forced to hold on for the win on Tuesday but they were able to do so beating the Marlins. Jimmy Rollins had two hits including a home run and Chase Utley and Ryan Howard had hits as the Phllies scored six runs on eight hits. Starting pitcher A.J. Burnett allowed three hit sand three runs while striking out five over 5.0 innings to get the win and go to 303 for the season and Jonathan Papelbon earned his 12th save. For Wednesday’s game the Phillies start Kyle Kendrick who has lost his last four decisions. For the season Kendrick has allowed 51 hits and 22 earned runs while striking out 32 over 50 innings for a 0-4 record and a 3.96 ERA.
Miami is 6-0 as a home favorite, 6-2 as a favorite, and 6-1 in Eovaldi’s last seven home starts. Philadelphia is 4-1 against the NL East, 2-5 in their last seven games as an underdog, and 2-7 in Kendrick’s last nine road starts. Philadelphia is 47-22 in the last 69 meetings of these two.
With the total set at 7.5 I like the over

Pick
Over 7.5

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Philadelphia Phillies

The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies face off on Monday at Dodger Stadium for game one of their series. The Dodgers are -115 favorites over the Phillies with an over/under run total set at 7.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are stacked this season and they are in first place in the National League West. The Dodgers are6-4 in their last 10 games, 4-4 at home, and they have won their last two games. As a team the Dodgers are hitting .243 with Dee Gordon hitting .367, Juan Uribe hitting .333, and Adrian Gonzalez hitting .301. The Dodgers pitching staff has an ERA of 2.95 with the starters at 2.58 and the bullpen at 3.53. For game one against the Phillies the Dodgers start Paul Maholm who has been pitching both a starter and from the bullpen. For the season Maholm has allowed 14 hits and seven earned runs while striking out four over 12.2 innings for a 0-1 record and a 4.97 ERA.
The Philadelphia Phillies are not at their best right now as they try and at least hang in the NL East race. The Phillies are 4-5 on the road, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and they are coming off of a win in Colorado on Sunday. As a team the Phillies are hitting .247 with Chase Utley hitting .406, Jimmy Rollins hitting .292, and Ryan Howard hitting .262. As a team the Phillies pitching staff has an ERA of 4.63 with the starters at 4.04 and the bullpen at 5.84. For game one at LA the Phillies start Cliff Lee who is coming off of a loss in a game he gave up just one run. For the season Lee has allowed 40 hits and 12 earned runs while striking out 28 over 27 innings for a 2-2 record and a 4.00 ERA.
Los Angeles is 42-17 against a team with a losing record, 54-25 as a favorite, and 0-5 against a left-handed starter. Philadelphia is 3-7 on the road against a left-handed starter, 2-4 in their last six games, and 7-3 in Lee’s last 10 starts as an underdog. Philadelphia is 1-4 in their last five games in Los Angeles.
This would have been Kershaw’s spot and Maholm is no Kershaw but Cliff Lee is very much himself and the play here.

Pick
Philadelphia Phillies +105 Los Angeles Dodgers

New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies

The New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies face off on Monday at Citi Field for game one of their series. The Phillies are -120 favorites over the Mets with an over/under run total set at 7.
The New York Mets had a rough weekend with the Tigers in town and overall it has been a tough season and the Mets have struggled often. The Mets are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 26-36 at home this season, and they are 19 games back in the NL East. As a team, the Mets are hitting .239 with David Wright hitting .309, Josh Satin hitting .298, and Marlon Byrd hitting .283. The Mets pitching staff has an ERA of 3.79 with the starters at 3.73 and the bullpen at 3.89. For game one against the Phillies, the Mets start Zach Wheeler, who has won his last two decisions. For the season Wheeler has allowed 64 hits and 27 earned runs while striking out 62 over 69.2 innings for a 6-2 record and a 3.49 ERA.
The Philadelphia Phillies are playing some of their best baseball of the season and they have been awfully tough to put away. The Phillies are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 24-40 on the road this season, and they are 19 games back in the NL East. As a team the Phillies are hitting .248 with Carlos Ruiz hitting .284, Chase Utley hitting .274, and Darin Ruf hitting .272. As a team the Phillies pitching staff has an ERA of 4.28, with the starters at 4.30 and the bullpen at 4.24. For game one against the Mets, the Phillies start Cliff Lee, who has lost his last four decisions. For the season Lee has allowed 153 hits and 60 earned runs while striking out 157 over 170.2 innings for a 10-6 record and a 3.16 ERA.
New York is 6-2 in their last eight games against a team with a losing record, 7-3 in their last 10 game one of a series, and 8-1 in Wheeler’s last nine starts. Philadelphia is 3-7 in their last 10 games following a win, 7-20 in their last 27 road games, and 1-5 in Lee’s last six starts. Philadelphia is 7-2 in their last nine games in New York.
I don’t expect much scoring here and my pick is going to be on the under.

Pick
Under 7

New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies

The New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies face off on Saturday at Citi Field for game two of their series. The Phillies are -117 favorites over the Mets with an over/under run total set at 7.
The New York Mets have played some decent baseball in spots this season but there was no evidence of that on Friday as they were bombed by the Phillies. David Wright had two hits including a home run, Marlon Byrd homered, and Ike Davis and John Buck each had two hits as the Mets scored eight runs on 12 hits. Starting pitcher Jeremy Hefner had nothing as he allowed 10 hits and eight runs, all earned, while striking out three and lasting just two innings to take the loss and fall to 4-7 on the season. For Saturday’s game the Mets start Zack Wheeler who has won his last two starts. For the season Wheeler has allowed 24 hits and 11 earned runs while striking out 21 over 28 innings for a 3-1 record and a 3.54 ERA.
The Philadelphia Phillies came out of the break swinging as they buried the Mets early and never looked back. Michael Young, Chase Utley, and Domonic Brown all had home runs as the Phillies scored 13 runs on 15 hits. Starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick was in cruise control as he allowed nine hits and six runs while striking out seven over 5.2 innings to get the win and go to 9-6 on the season. For Saturday’s game the Phillies start Cole Hamels who has won his last two decisions. For the season Hamels has allowed 124 hits and 58 runs while striking out 118 over 129 innings for a 4-11 record and a 4.05 ERA.
New York is 10-24 in their last 34 home games, 15-36 in their last 51 games as a home underdog, and 7-21 in their last 28 home games against a team with a losing road record. Philadelphia is 7-2 in their last nine games overall, 4-0 in their last four games against a right-handed starter, and 2-5 in Hamels last seven road starts. Philadelphia has won seven in a row at Citi Field.
The Mets were crushed on Friday but look for them to bounce back here as they seem to get to Hamels often.

Pick
New York Mets +107 Philadelphia Phillies

Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies

The Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies close out their NL East weekend series as they meet on Sunday for the rubber match. The Nationals are -156 favorites over the Phillies with an over/under run total set at 6.5.
The Washington Nationals haven’t looked like the playoff team they were a year ago but despite losing Saturday they still have plenty of time to get some positive momentum going. On Saturday Adam LaRoche had two hits include a home run, Denard Span had three hits, and Bryce harper had a hit as the Nationals scored three runs on 11 hits. Starting pitcher Dan Haren allowed four hits and three earned runs while striking out 10 over 6.0 innings but didn’t factor in the decision as Drew Storen took the loss to fall to 0-1 on the year. For Sunday’s game the Nationals start Stephen Strasburg who has been a tough luck loser several times this season. For the year Strasburg has allowed 51 hits and 19 earned runs while striking out 62 over 64.1 innings for a 2-5 record and a 2.66 ERA.
The Philadelphia Phillies continue to gain positive momentum as they got the win on Saturday in Washington. Dominic Brown had two hits including a home run, Erik Kratz had a hit, and Jimmy Rollins and Delmon Young had hits as the Phillies scored five runs on six hits. Starting pitcher Jonathan Pttibone allowed nine hits and three earned runs while striking out six over 6.0 innings but didn’t factor in the decision as Chad Durbin got the win to go to 1-0 and Jonathan Papelbon earned his ninth save. For Sunday’s game the Phillies start Cole Hamels who is having an awful season after signing a big contract. For the season Hamels has allowed 56 hits and 31 earned runs while striking out 57 over 62.2 innings for a 1-7 record and a 4.45 ERA.
Washington is 7-4 in their last 11 home games, 8-4 in their last 12 home games against a team with a losing record. Philadelphia is 12-5 in their last 17 games against the NL East, 6-2 in their last eight road games as an underdog of +110 to +150, and they are 1-4 in Hamels last five road starts. Philadelphia is 2-5 in the last seven meetings of these two.
We have two pitchers who haven’t had much lick but bad luck and both are just better than their records indicate but right now the Phillies are playing better baseball so getting them at this nice price is worth taking a shot on as Hamels should come around sooner rather than later.

Pick
Philadelphia Phillies +146 Washington Nationals

Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies

The Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies face off on Friday in Washington in game one of the NL East series. The Nationals are -170 favorites over the Phillies with an over/under run total set at 7.
The Washington Nationals return home from the West Coast in hopes of closing the gap on the leaders in the National League East. The Nationals are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 12-9 at home this season, and are 4.5 games behind the Braves in the NL East. As a team the Nationals are hitting .225 with Bryce Harper hitting .288, Ian Desmond hitting .269, and Denard Span hitting .266. The Nationals opponents are hitting .251 and the Washington pitching staff has an ERA of 3.53. For game one against the Phillies the Nationals start Jordan Zimmerman who has been the best pitcher on the Washington staff this season. For the year Zimmerman has allowed 49 hits and 12 earned runs while striking out 45 over 66.2 innings for a 7-2 record and a 1.62 ERA.
The Philadelphia Phillies got off to a miserable start and it looked like this just wasn’t their year but they have picked it up of late and appear to be making a move in the standings. The Phillies are 7-3 in their last 10 games, 12-12 on the road this season, and they are 5.5 games back and in third place in the National League East. As a team the Phillies are hitting .249 with Michael Young hitting .287, Chase Utley hitting .272, Jimmy Rollins hitting .264, and Ryan Howard hitting .263. The Phillies opponents are hitting .250 and the Philadelphia pitching staff has an ERA of 4.14. For game one in Washington the Phillies start Kyle Kendrick who lost last time out for the first time since the first week of April. For the season Kendrick has allowed 56 hits and 19 earned runs while striking out 41 over 60.2 innings for a 4-2 record and a 2.82 ERA.
The Nationals are 6-2 in their last eight home games against a right-handed starter, 1-4 in their last five games overall, and 21-7 in Zimmerman’s last 28 starts. Philadelphia is 4-1 in their last five road games, 11-4 against the NL East, and 6-1 in Kendrick’s last seven starts. Philadelphia is 1-4 in the last five meetings of these two.
We have two pitchers who are pitching well and two teams playing well I’m going with the under.

Pick
Under 7

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Cincinnati Reds

The Philadelphia Phillies and the Cincinnati Reds meet on Friday in Philadelphia for game one of their series. The Phillies are -121 favorites over the Reds with an over/under run total set at 7.5.
The Philadelphia Phillies have struggled in the early part of the season but despite their poor play they are very much in the thick of things in the NL East race. The Phillies are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 9-11 at home this season, and 3.5 games behind the Braves in the NL East standings. As a team the Phillies are hitting .246 with Michael Young hitting.296, Chase Utley is hitting .281, and Jimmy Rollins is hitting .255. The Phillies opponents are hitting .245 and the Philadelphia pitching staff has an ERA of 4.20. For game one against the Reds the Phillies start Cliff Lee who has won his last two starts. For the season Lee has allowed 52 hits and 18 earned runs while striking out 43 over 56.2 innings for a 4-2 record and a 2.86 ERA.
The Cincinnati Reds have won six games in a row as they continue to chase the Cardinals in the NL Central standings. The Reds are 8-2 in their last 10 games, 9-10 on the road this season, and they are 1.5 games back in the National League Central standings. As a team the Reds are hitting .251 with Joey Votto hitting .325, Shin-Soo Choo hiting .322, and Brandon Phillips hitting .285. The Reds opponents are hitting .243 and the Cincinnati pitching staff has an ERA of 3.45. For game one at Philadelphia the Reds start Tony Cingrani who has no decisions in his last two starts. For the season Cingrani has allowed 20 hits and nine earned runs while striking out 37 over 28 innings for a 2-0 record and a 2.89 ERA.
Philadelphia is 13-5 in their last 18 home games against a left-handed starter, 2-6 in their last eight games as a home favorite, and 0-4 in Lee’s last four starts as a favorite. Cincinnati is 6-0 n their last six road games, 4-1 in the last five game one of a series, and 4-1 in Cingrani’s last five starts. Cincinnati is 7-19 in their last 26 games in Philadelphia.
I look for runs to be tough to come by and for this game to go under the total.

Pick
Under 7.5

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Cleveland Indians

The Philadelphia Phillies and the Cleveland Indians face off on Wednesday in Philadelphia for game two of their interleague series. The Phillies are -168 favorites over the Indians with an over/under run total set at 7.5.
The Philadelphia Phillies are used to being the hunted in the National League East but this year they are clearly the hunters and with Tuesday’s win they continue to quietly work their way up the standings. Dominic Brown had two hits including a home run, Kevin Frandsen hit a home run, and John Mayberry had three hits as the Phillies scored six runs on 10 hits. Starting pitcher Jonathan Pettibone allowed four hits and two runs while striking out three over 6.2 innings to get the win and go to 3-0 for the season. For Wednesday afternoon’s game the Phillies start Cole Hamels who has lost three of his last four starts. For the season Hamels has allowed 43 hits and 24 earned runs while striking out 43 over 51.2 innings for a 1-5 record and a 4.18 ERA.
The Cleveland Indians have been one of the hotter teams in baseball but they were cooled off on Tuesday by the Phillies. Nick Swisher had two hits and Carlos Santana and Asdrubal Cabrera had hits as the Indians scored two runs on seven hits. Starting pitcher Scott Kazmir allowed six hits and four runs while striking gout three over 5.0 innings to take the loss and fall to 2-2 on the year. On Wednesday Cleveland starts Corey Kluber who has lost his last two starts. For the season Kluber has allowed 28 hits and 14 earned runs while striking out 20 over 22.1 innings for a 2-2 record and a 5.64 ERA.
Philadelphia is 2-6 in their last eight interleague games, 3-5 in their last eight home games, and 2-7 in Hamels’ last nine interleague starts. Cleveland is 5-11 in their last 16 interleague games against a left handed starter, 3-10 in their last 13 against the NL East, and 4-11 in Kluber’s last 15 starts.
I expect to see some offense and not sure if either of these pitchers get a decision but I give the Phillies just a slight edge in a pick.

Pick
Philadelphia Phillies -168 Cleveland Indians

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