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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Free Pick- 8/16/13

Los Angeles Dodgers (69-50) at Philadelphia Phillies (53-66)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 16, 2013 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

Zack Greinke (R) (10-3) (3.213) vs. Cliff Lee (L) (10-5) (3.180)

The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +100 / Los Angeles Dodgers -120 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Prime Ticket, PHL 17

The Philadelphia Phillies and the Los Angeles Dodgers face of on Friday in Philadelphia as they play game one of their series.

The Philadelphia Phillies are looking like a team on the decline and they are having a frustrating and disappointing year. The Phillies are 3-7 in their last 10 games, 29-27 at home this season, and they are 20.5 games back in the National League East. As a team the Phillies are hiting.251 with Chase Utley hitting .283, Michael Young hitting .273, and Jimmy Rollins hitting .252. The Phillies pitching staff has an ERA of 4.30 with the starters at 4.31 and the bullpen at 4.26. For Friday’s game the Phillies start Cliff Lee who has lost his last three decisions. For the season Lee has allowed 139 hits and 55 earned runs while striking out 145 over 155.2 innings for a 10-5 record and a 3.18 ERA.

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Free Pick- 8/16/13

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have been the hottest team in baseball going from last place in the NL West to runaway leaders in just a few months. The Dodgers are 9-1 in their last 10 games, 33-25 on the road this season, and they have a 7.5 game lead in the National League West. As a team the Dodgers are hitting .269 with Yasiel Puig hitting .368, Adrian Gonzalez hitting .298, and Carl Crawford hitting .293. As a team the Dodgers pitching staff has an ERA of 3.31 with the starters at 3.23 and the bullpen at 3.48. For game one against the Phillies the Dodgers start Zack Greinke who has won his last two starts. For the season Greinke has allowed 112 hits and 42 earned runs while striking out 93 over 117.2 innings for a 10-3 record and a 3.21 ERA.

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Philadelphia is 7-20 in their last 27 games, 4-17 in their last 21 against a right-handed starter, and 0-4 in Lee’s last four starts. Los Angeles is 22-4 in their last 26 road games, 39-15 in their last 54 games against a team with a losing record, and 9-1 in Greinke’s last 10 starts. Los Angeles is 4-1 in the last five meetings of these two.

As expected the total for this one is set to the low side and for my FREE PICK I am going to take the under anyway. My stronger play is on the winning side and I will post that winning pick in the Premium Area.

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