Philadelphia Phillies vs. Milwaukee Brewers - 4/9/14
Milwaukee Brewers (4-2) at Philadelphia Phillies (3-3)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)
Matt Garza (R) (0-1) (1.125) vs. Roberto Hernandez (R) (1-0) (3.38)
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +110 / Milwaukee Brewers -120 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-WI, TCN-PHI
The Milwaukee Brewers search for their fifth straight win when they play game 2 against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday.
The Brewers won game 1, as Ryan Braun blasted three homeruns and Kyle Lohse struck out four batters in five innings. The Brewers have been getting the job done at both ends during their four-game winning streak. Matt Garza hopes to keep the ball rolling in his second start of the season. Despite picking up the loss in his season debut, Garza gave the Brewers eight solid innings, as he allowed just two hits and one run against the Atlanta Braves. Garza has allowed just one earned run in three straight starts and is 2-1 with a 1.30 ERA in five career starts against the Phillies.
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The Phillies have lost two straight games and have allowed a combined 18 runs in those contests. With an offense that has been held to four or less runs in five of their last six games, the Phillies pitching must step it up fast. Roberto Hernandez may be just what the doctor ordered for the Phillies. In Hernandez’s first start, he allowed just three hits and two runs in 5.1 innings, picking up the victory over the Chicago Cubs. Hernandez will make his first start against Milwaukee, as he’s only pitched one career inning against the Brewers.
The Brewers are 5-0 in their last 5 road games vs. a right-handed starter and 4-9 in their last 13 during game 2 of a series. The Phillies are 0-4 in their last 4 home games vs. a right-handed starter and 6-17 in their last 23 during game 2 of a series. The Brewers are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings, but just 16-35 in the last 51 meetings in Philadelphia.
I knew Garza was going to use this as his comeback season, and he looked like his old self in his last start. I expect that to continue in his second start against the Phillies and with the way Philadelphia’s pitching has been shaky as of late, getting the Brewers at this price looks like a no-brainer.
I’ll keep riding the wave of momentum in this matchup.