Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Mets - 7/15/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Mets (47-41) at Philadelphia Phillies (42-48)
MLB Baseball: Friday, July 15, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)
Bartolo Colon (7-4) (3.28) vs. J Hellickson (6-6) (3.92)
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +116 / New York Mets -126 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: WCAU, SNY
Coming up on Friday from Citizens Bank Park, the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies will be kicking off their post-All-Star break second half.
This will be the first game of a three-matchup set. The Phillies went 42-48 in the first half of the season, and the Mets were 47-41.
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The Mets will be rolling with right-hander Bartolo Colon on Friday. In his 18 appearances (17 starts) this year over a 7-4 record, Colon has posted a 3.28 ERA with a 1.22 WHIP in 98.2 innings of work. In his most recent start, Colon put up 4.2 innings with 10 hits and six runs for a no-decision against the Nationals.
At the plate, New York has several notable hitters. Yoenis Cespedes has hit a team-high 87 times with 47 runs, 21 homers and 52 RBI. Asdrubal Cabrera has put up 83 hits, 37 runs, 12 homers and 29 RBI. Curtis Granderson’s BA is a little sketchy at .239, but he also has 15 homers, 27 RBI, 74 hits and 42 runs so far.
Jeremy Hellickson will be taking the mound for the Phillies on Friday. In his 18 starts and 6-6 record this season, Hellickson has put up 105 innings with a 3.92 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. Against the Braves in his last outing, Hellikson put up a no-decision on two runs and four hits in six innings.
Philadelphia has a few notable hitters on their roster as well. Odubel Herrera is way out front on 97 hits with 49 runs, 10 homers and 33 RBI. Maikel Franco has 85 hits with 37 runs, 18 homers and 52 RBI. Freddy Galvis has put up 77 hits with 35 runs, eight homers and 36 RBI.
The Mets are 15-4 in their last 19 Friday games, and 20-7 in their last 27 following an off day. New York is also 0-4 in their last four road games, and 6-1 in Colon's last seven starts.
As for the Phillies, they’re 5-0 in their last five home games against a right-handed starter, and 10-3 in their last 13 overall. Philadelphia is also 4-12 in their last 16 game ones of a series, and 5-2 in Hellickson’s last seven starts against the National League East.
Philadelphia entered the break playing pretty well, but I’ll side with Colon and the Mets here.