Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Mets MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/30/14
New York Mets (14-11) at Philadelphia Phillies (13-12)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)
Bartolo Colon (R) (2-3) (4.500) vs. Kyle Kendrick (R) (0-2) (3.521)
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -105 / New York Mets -105 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: SNY, CSN-PHI
The New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies will play game two of a short two-game series. The Mets won the first matchup, 6-1.
With the win, the Mets remain one of the hottest teams in baseball, winning seven of their last nine games. During this stretch, the Mets offense has really taken off, as they’ve scored four or more runs in five straight games. Daniel Murphy has been on fire with 14 hits in his last 10 games. Pitching wise, Bartolo Colon will get the start, and he is 2-3 with a 4.50 ERA and has 26 strikeouts in 32 innings. Colon is also 1-2 with a 4.65 ERA in five career starts against the Phillies.
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The Phillies have still won six of their last nine games, but fall to .500 with the loss. The Phillies pitching continues to be suspect at best, as they’ve allowed five or more runs in four of their last six games. Offensively, Ryan Howard has 13 hits in his last 10 games. Starting on Wednesday for the Phillies will be Kyle Kendrick, who is 0-2 with a 3.52 ERA and has 19 strikeouts in 30.2 innings. Kendrick is 8-8 with a 3.43 ERA in 16 career starts against the Mets.
The Mets are 4-1 in their last 5 games vs. a right-handed starter and 5-0 in their last 5 road games vs. a right-handed starter. The Phillies are 1-4 in Kendrick's last 5 starts with 5 days of rest and 7-1 in Kendrick's last 8 starts as a favorite. The Phillies are 4-1 in Kendrick's last 5 starts vs. Mets.
You have to like the Mets in this spot. The Mets absolutley creamed the Phillies on Tuesday and with the way Philly has been pitching lately, it could very well happen again. Colon is a veteran pitcher who has shown at times this season that he still has a little left in the tank.
Take the Mets for the valuable price.