Philadelphia Phillies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/24/14
Los Angeles Dodgers (25-23) at Philadelphia Phillies (20-24)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 3:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)
Dan Haren (R) (5-2) (3.176) vs. David Buchanan (R) (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +123 / Los Angeles Dodgers -133 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SportsNet LA, CSN-PHI
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies will play game two of three at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday.
The Dodgers have won three of their last four games, including a 2-0 victory over the Phillies on Friday. The Dodgers are still trying to find their groove, as they have won six of their last 10 games and are in third place in the NL West. Yasiel Puig has eight hits in his last four games and Adrian Gonzalez has hit three homers in his last five games. The Dodgers offense is starting to generate a little more consistency and the pitching is ranked 13th in ERA. Getting the start is Dan Haren, who is 5-2 with a 3.18 ERA and has 41 strikeouts in 56.2 innings. Haren is 1-4 with a 4.67 ERA in nine career starts against the Phillies.
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The Phillies have lost three straight and seven of their last 10 games as they’re now dead last in the NL East. The Phillies just can’t seem to get their lineup or their pitching staff on the same page, as they have the 24th worst ERA and have scored the 26th fewest runs. The Phillies are 6-17 when scoring three or less runs and produced just three hits in Friday’s loss to the Dodgers. While the Phillies lineup looks for answers, David Buchanan will make his MLB debut on Saturday. Buchanan was 35-27 with a 3.98 ERA and had 319 strikeouts in 502 innings when pitching in the minors.
The Dodgers are 5-2 in Haren's last 7 starts as a favorite and 36-17 in their last 53 games as a road favorite. The Phillies are 1-4 in their last 5 home games vs. a right-handed starter and 6-2 in their last 8 vs. National League West. The Dodgers are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Philadelphia.
We are getting a great price considering a veteran Dodgers lineup is going up against a rookie pitcher making his first start. It would be wise to hammer the Dodgers in this spot.