Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Philadelphia Phillies MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 4/21/14
Philadelphia Phillies (7-10) at Los Angeles Dodgers (11-7)
MLB Baseball: Monday, April 21, 2014 at 10:10 pm (Dodger Stadium)
Cliff Lee (L) (2-2) (4.000) vs. Paul Maholm (L) (0-1) (5.227)
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -115 / Philadelphia Phillies +105 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-Philadelphia, SportsNet LA
The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies face off on Monday at Dodger Stadium for game one of their series.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are stacked this season and they are in first place in the National League West. The Dodgers are6-4 in their last 10 games, 4-4 at home, and they have won their last two games. As a team the Dodgers are hitting .243 with Dee Gordon hitting .367, Juan Uribe hitting .333, and Adrian Gonzalez hitting .301. The Dodgers pitching staff has an ERA of 2.95 with the starters at 2.58 and the bullpen at 3.53. For game one against the Phillies the Dodgers start Paul Maholm who has been pitching both a starter and from the bullpen. For the season Maholm has allowed 14 hits and seven earned runs while striking out four over 12.2 innings for a 0-1 record and a 4.97 ERA.
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The Philadelphia Phillies are not at their best right now as they try and at least hang in the NL East race. The Phillies are 4-5 on the road, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and they are coming off of a win in Colorado on Sunday. As a team the Phillies are hitting .247 with Chase Utley hitting .406, Jimmy Rollins hitting .292, and Ryan Howard hitting .262. As a team the Phillies pitching staff has an ERA of 4.63 with the starters at 4.04 and the bullpen at 5.84. For game one at LA the Phillies start Cliff Lee who is coming off of a loss in a game he gave up just one run. For the season Lee has allowed 40 hits and 12 earned runs while striking out 28 over 27 innings for a 2-2 record and a 4.00 ERA.
Los Angeles is 42-17 against a team with a losing record, 54-25 as a favorite, and 0-5 against a left-handed starter. Philadelphia is 3-7 on the road against a left-handed starter, 2-4 in their last six games, and 7-3 in Lee’s last 10 starts as an underdog. Philadelphia is 1-4 in their last five games in Los Angeles.
This would have been Kershaw’s spot and Maholm is no Kershaw but Cliff Lee is very much himself and the play here.
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