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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Los Angeles Angels MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/14/14

Los Angeles Angels (19-18) at Philadelphia Phillies (17-19)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 1:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

Garrett Richards (R) (3-0) (2.800) vs. AJ Burnett (R) (2-2) (2.899)

The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -112 / Los Angeles Angels +102 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: MLB Net, FSN-W, CSN-PHI

The Los Angeles Angels and Philadelphia Phillies will wrap up their short two-game series on Wednesday.

The Angels have won four of their last five games, including a 4-3 win over the Phillies on Tuesday. While the Angels pitching hasn’t been great this season, it’s what has led to the solid play as of late, as they’ve allowed three runs each in their last four victories. Offensively, Albert Pujols has just one hit in his last six games, but Mike Trout has six RBI in his last nine games. Getting the nod for the Angels is Garrett Richards, who is 3-0 with a 2.80 ERA and has 46 strikeouts in 45 innings. This will be Richards’ first career game against the Phillies.

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Los Angeles Angels MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/14/14

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The Phillies have lost six of their last eight games and fall three games below a .500 record. The Phillies pitching continues to lick its wounds, giving up four or more runs in three straight games. The Phillies are 5-15 this season when giving up more than three runs. Offensively, Ryan Howard is on a six-game hitting streak and Chase Utley has at least one extra-base hit in five straight games. A.J. Burnett gets the start, and he’s 2-2 with a 2.90 ERA and has 39 strikeouts in 49.2 innings. Burnett is 2-2 with a 4.75 ERA in eight career starts against the Angels. 

The Angels are 4-1 in Richards' last 5 road starts and 5-11 in Richards' last 16 starts as an underdog. The Phillies are 5-1 in Burnett's last 6 starts and 1-4 in their last 5 games as a home favorite. The Angels are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings against the Phillies.

I always try to get plus money when betting against Burnett. Sure, he's a veteran pitcher, but he's extremely inconsistent. When you add in the Phillies inability to put runs on the board, I like the Angels on the road. 

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Los Angeles Angels +102

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