Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Philadelphia Phillies MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/25/14
Philadelphia Phillies (10-11) at Arizona Diamondbacks (6-18)
MLB Baseball: Friday, April 25, 2014 at 9:40 pm (Chase Field)
Roberto Hernandez (R) (1-0) (5.755) vs. Josh Collmenter (R) (0-2) (6.300)
The Line: Arizona Diamondbacks -136 / Philadelphia Phillies +126 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-PHI, FSN-AZ
The Philadelphia Phillies and Arizona Diamondbacks will begin a three-game series on Friday.
The Phillies took three of four from the Los Angeles Dodgers and have now won four of their last five games. During this winning stretch, the Phillies have really been hot offensively, scoring a combined 29 runs in their last five games. Carlos Ruiz had seven hits in the Dodgers series and Ryan Howard has hit safely in five of his last six games. While the Phillies offense looks to stay hot, Roberto Hernandez will look to continue his solid pitching, as he’s 0-1 on the season with a 5.75 ERA, but he’s allowed three or less runs in two of his last three starts. Hernandez allowed five hits and two runs in nine innings, picking up the win in his only career start against the Diamondbacks.
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The Diamondbacks split a four-game series against the Chicago Cubs, but have still lost 10 of their last 13 games. While the Diamondbacks aren’t great offensively and have struck out 194 times, the Arizona pitching staff has been absolutely brutal. The Diamondbacks pitching staff has allowed four or more runs in 19 of their first 25 games, giving them the worst ERA in the big leagues at 5.58. Getting the start on Friday will be Josh Collmenter, who is 0-2 this season with a 4.50 ERA and has 14 strikeouts in 18 innings. Collmenter is 0-2 with a 4.91 ERA in two career starts against the Phillies.
The Phillies are 16-35 in their last 51 road games vs. a right-handed starter and 13-30 in their last 43 road games overall. The Diamondbacks are 8-22 in their last 30 overall and 1-4 in Collmenter's last 5 starts vs. National League East. The Phillies are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Why not take the Phillies at plus money? We're getting the better overall team and a squad that is hitting the cover off the ball lately against a team that can't stop others from scoring runs.
I'll gladly take the Phillies in this spot.