Milwaukee Brewers vs. Philadelphia Phillies - 4/23/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Philadelphia Phillies (8-9) at Milwaukee Brewers (7-10)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Miller Park)
C Morton (1-1) (3.86) vs. C Anderson (1-1) (2.25)
The Line: Milwaukee Brewers -131 / Philadelphia Phillies +121 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSWI, CSPh
On Saturday, the MLB is bringing us an early-evening matchup between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Milwaukee Brewers from Miller Park.
This will be the second game of the weekend series. In game one on Friday, Philadelphia scored three times in the fifth inning on the way to a 5-2 victory to open things up.
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The Phillies will be giving right-hander Charlie Morton the start in Saturday’s game. In his three appearances so far, Morton has tabulated a 3.86 ERA with a 1.22 WHIP over 16.1 innings for a 1-1 record. Morton logged six innings of one-run ball against the Nationals in his last outing on Sunday.
The Phillies batters are an unremarkable crew as a whole, but a few guys are worth mentioning. Freddy Galvis and Maikel Franco have been leading the team in hitting, with 32 hits, 11 runs and 15 RBI between them. As for veteran Ryan Howard, he’s got four homers and eight RBI this season, but has struggled with his consistency on a .192 BA. Howard went 1-for-4 with a strikeout on Friday.
Over on the Brewers’ side, they’ll be wheeling out right-hander Chase Anderson for Saturday’s game. Overall, Anderson has been pretty solid in 2016 with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP over 16 innings. That said, Anderson’s last outing was a stinker with five runs (four earned) and 11 hits in five innings on Monday against the Twins.
You’ll notice a few familiar names in the Brewers’ batting order. Ryan Braun is the big name here, with 12 RBI and nine runs on 19 hits. Jonathan Lucroy is playing pretty well also, with 17 hits and eight runs. As for Chris Carter, he’s been coming on lately with four homers and 14 RBI. Carter was 2-for-4 on Friday.
The Phillies are just 1-5 in their last six Saturday games, and 7-21 in their last 28 against the National League Central.As for Milwaukee, they’re 4-9 in their last 13 game twos of a series, and 0-6 in their last six Saturday games.
Neither of these teams instills much confidence, but I’ve got to think the Brewers have the (minimal) firepower needed to keep Philadelphia at bay. Morton had a bad outing in his last appearance, but otherwise has pitched well, so he shouldn’t have too much difficulty getting Milwaukee the win here.