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New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/11/14

Philadelphia Phillies (16-18) at New York Mets (16-18)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 1:10 pm (Citi Field)

Cole Hamels (L) (0-2) (7.019) vs. Jonathon Niese (L) (2-2) (1.815)

The Line: New York Mets -125 / Philadelphia Phillies +115 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-PHI, SNY

The Philadelphia Phillies look to sweep the New York Mets with a win on Sunday.

The Phillies came into this series on a four-game losing streak, but have been playing some solid ball to bounce back within a game of .500. The Phillies have allowed just six runs in this series, which is a drastic improvement with the way things have been going this season. Offensively, Ryan Howard has seven hits and four RBI in his last four games and Chase Utley has three straight games of two or more hits. Cole Hamels looks for his first win of the season, as he’s 0-2 with a 7.02 ERA and has 14 strikeouts in 16.2 innings. Hamels is 7-14 with a 4.65 ERA in 27 career starts against the Mets.

New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/11/14

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The Mets have lost five straight games and fall to three games below .500 after such a strong start to the season. The lack of offense continues to hurt the Mets, as they’ve been held to three or less runs in four of their last five games. David Wright, however, has been on a tear lately with 15 hits and six RBI in his last eight games. The Mets pitching has been decent, including Jonathon Niese, who is 2-2 with a 1.82 ERA and has 30 strikeouts in 39.2 innings. Niese is 7-6 with a 3.00 ERA in 16 career starts against the Mets. 

The Phillies are 1-6 in Hamels' last 7 starts vs. a team with a losing record and 0-5 in Hamels' last 5 starts overall. The Mets are 3-8 in Niese's last 11 Sunday starts and 2-7 in Niese's last 9 starts during game 3 of a series. The Phillies are 1-4 in Hamels' last 5 starts vs. Mets.

Although Hamels isn't the same pitcher he's been in the past, we're getting the hotter team and a team that just beat the Mets twice in this series at plus money. Take the Phillies for the sweep. 

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Philadelphia Phillies +115

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