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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Philadelphia Phillies MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/24/14

Philadelphia Phillies (10-10) at Los Angeles Dodgers (12-9)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 10:10 pm (Dodger Stadium)

Kyle Kendrick (R) (0-2) (3.600) vs. Dan Haren (R) (3-0) (2.160)

The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -168 / Philadelphia Phillies +158 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-PHI, SportsNet LA

The Philadelphia Phillies ad Los Angeles Dodgers will wrap up a four-game series on Thursday night. The Phillies lead the series 2-1.

The Phillies have won three of their last four games, but are coming off a 5-2 loss on Wednesday. For the first time in this series, the Phillies pitching staff didn’t hold up, as the bullpen allowed three earned runs. However, the Phillies offense has been solid lately, especially Ryan Howard, who is 4-12 in this series with four RBI. Taking the mound for Philadelphia will be Kyle Kendrick, who is 0-2 this season with a 3.60 ERA and has 17 strikeouts in 25 innings. Kendrick has allowed five earned runs in his last two starts and is 5-6 with a 6.84 ERA in nine career starts against the Dodgers.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Philadelphia Phillies MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/24/14



The Dodgers offense finally showed signs of life in game three, putting together five runs on 12 hits after scoring two combined runs in their first two games of this series. Hanley Ramirez hit his third homerun of the season and Yasiel Puig picked up two RBI. The Dodgers are now 12-2 this season when scoring at least three runs. The Dodgers likely won’t need much run support when Dan Haren takes the mound Thursday, as he’s 3-0 this season with an ERA of 2.16, and he has 20 strikeouts in 25 innings pitched. In eight career starts against the Phillies, Haren is 1-4 with a 5.09 ERA.

The Phillies are 1-4 in Kendrick's last 5 starts and 5-1 in Kendrick's last 6 starts during game 4 of a series. The Dodgers are 4-0 in Haren's last 4 starts and 6-1 in their last 7 during game 4 of a series. The Phillies are 1-4 in Kendrick's last 5 starts vs. Dodgers. 

No point in taking the Dodgers at that price with little value, which is why I'm backing the under. The under is 5-0-1 in the last six meetings between these two teams, and Haren has been terrific this season. I expect the score will fly under this projected total. 

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