Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Philadelphia Phillies MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/23/14
Philadelphia Phillies (9-10) at Los Angeles Dodgers (12-8)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 10:10 pm (Dodger Stadium)
Cole Hamels (L) (0-0) (0.00) vs. Zack Greinke (R) (3-0) (2.418)
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -185 / Philadelphia Phillies +175 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-PHI, SportsNet LA
Game three between the Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers will be a great pitchers dual. The Phillies lead the four-game series, 2-0.
The Phillies have won three straight games and are back to a .500 record. During this stretch, the Phillies have been getting the job done with their veteran lineup by scoring a combined 20 runs, as Ryan Howard has seven hits in his last three games. When the Phillies hope their batter stay hot, Cole Hamels will see his first action of the season after getting off the DL. Hamels finished last season with a 8-14 record, 3.60 ERA and struck out 202 batters in 220 innings. Hamels is 3-1 with a 1.76 ERA in seven career starts against the Dodgers.
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The Dodgers are back to playing streaky baseball and have the chance to be swept for the first time this season. A lot of the Dodgers struggles come on the offensive end, as they’ve scored just two runs in this series and have scored two or less runs in six of their last eight games. Hanley Ramirez has just one hit in his last seven games. Taking the mound on Wednesday will be Zack Greinke, who is 3-0 this season with a 2.42 ERA and has struck out 29 batters in 22.1 innings. Greinke is 3-1 with a 2.45 ERA in four career starts against the Phillies.
The Phillies are 6-0 in Hamels' last 6 starts vs. a team with a winning record and 4-1 in Hamels' last 5 starts as an underdog. The Dodgers are 15-2 in Greinkes last 17 starts with 4 days of rest and 20-6 in Greinkes last 26 starts overall. The Phillies are 5-1 in Hamels' last 6 starts vs. Dodgers.
A battle between two great pitchers, it's usually always smart to take the team getting the plus money. After all, this is pretty much a toss-up. Hamels has been money as an underdog in the past and although he may be a little rusty with this being his first start, it's worth a shot at this price.