Philadelphia Phillies vs. San Diego Padres - 4/12/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Diego Padres (3-4) at Philadelphia Phillies (2-5)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)
R Erlin (1-0) (0.00) vs. C Morton (0-1) (14.71)
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -130 / San Diego Padres +120 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSD, TCN
In Tuesday-evening MLB action, we’ve got game two of the early-week series coming our way between the San Diego Padres and the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Neither team has been terribly impressive in the early-going this season, and both are looking to make up some ground.
In game one of this series on Monday, the Padres edged out the Phillies 4-3, despite notching just six hits to Philadelphia’s eight.
For Tuesday’s game two, the Padres will be trotting out left-hander Robbie Erlin. This comes after a rotation shift by San Diego, as Tyson Ross was placed on the DL due to a shoulder injury. Erlin will be throwing on just three days rest following a 41-pitch relief appearance on Friday against the Rockies. In his three starts for the Padres last year, Erlin posted a 4.76 ERA.
In the San Diego lineup, we’ve got some talent and notable names. Matt Kemp leads the way for the Padres, and he’s collected nine hits with three homers and 10 RBI this season. Kemp came up empty in the opener, however. Also of note is Jon Jay, who has benefited from hitting a couple spots ahead of Kemp thus far, scoring nine runs with nine hits. Jay was 1-for-4 on Monday.
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Over on the Phillies’ side, they’ll be utilizing right-hander Charlie Morton for Tuesday’s game two. Morton has had one appearance in 2016, giving up six runs in 3.2 innings against the Reds back on Thursday. It was obviously a disappointing effort for Morton, who logged a 9-9 record with a 4.81 ERA in Pittsburgh during 2015.
The Philadelphia batting order is pretty devoid of noteworthy talent, but there are a couple of bright spots so far. Cesar Hernandez has come out of the gate strong with nine hits, but has just three runs (two coming on Monday) and one RBI. As for veteran Ryan Howard, he has only four hits in 2016, with two of them being home runs.
Let’s dig a little deeper and check out some of the current trends in this matchup. They honestly don’t look great for either team. The Padres are 0-4 in their last four Tuesday games, and 1-5 in Erlin’s last six road starts.
As for the Phillies, they’re 4-1 in their last five Tuesday games, but just 16-35 in their last 51 game twos of a series.
I’m not all that excited about the matchup here, even though it should be a close game. I do like the Padres’ bats against Charlie Morton, however, so I’ll take San Diego for the game two victory.