Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Philadelphia Phillies MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/22/14
Philadelphia Phillies (8-10) at Los Angeles Dodgers (12-7)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 10:10 pm (Dodger Stadium)
AJ Burnett (R) (0-1) (2.739) vs. Hyun-Jin Ryu (L) (3-1) (1.929)
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -174 / Philadelphia Phillies +164 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-PHI, SportsNet LA
The Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers will play game two of a four-game series on Tuesday. The Phillies won game one, 7-0.
The Phillies are putting together a decent stretch, winning three of their last five games, including winning two in a row. The Phillies have scored a combined 17 runs in their last two games, as Jimmy Rollins has six hits in his last three games. But it’s the Phillies pitching that has allowed one or less runs in three of their last six that has led the way. A.J. Burnett will get the nod on Tuesday, and he’s 0-1 with a 2.74 ERA and has 15 strikeouts in 23 innings. Burnett is 4-4 with a 3.73 ERA in 10 career starts against the Dodgers.
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The Dodgers have lost four of their last seven games and their offense went ice cold in game one, putting together just four hits and striking out 11 times. Hanley Ramirez has just one hit in his last five games, while Yasiel Puig has six strikeouts in his last four games. Taking the mound on Tuesday will be Hyun-Jin Ryu, who is 3-1 with a 1.93 ERA and has 25 strikeouts in 28 innings of work. This will be Ryu’s second career start against the Phillies.
The Phillies are 3-9 in their last 12 vs. a team with a winning record and 7-20 in their last 27 during game 2 of a series. The Dodgers are 8-1 in Ryus last 9 starts during game 2 of a series and 0-4 in Ryus last 4 starts with 4 days of rest.
I'll take my chances with the Phillies at this price. The Phillies are hitting the ball well as of late and have a veteran pitcher in Burnett on the mound. Meanwhile, the Dodgers have been up and down so far this season and were just creamed by the Phillies on Monday.
Taking the Phillies is worth the risk in this matchup.