Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Philadelphia Phillies MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/27/14
Philadelphia Phillies (11-12) at Arizona Diamondbacks (8-18)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 4:10 pm (Chase Field)
AJ Burnett (R) (0-1) (2.730) vs. Brandon McCarthy (R) (0-4) (6.229)
The Line: Arizona Diamondbacks -107 / Philadelphia Phillies -103 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-PHI, FSN-AZ
The Philadelphia Phillies and Arizona Diamondbacks will play a rubber game on Sunday afternoon.
The Phillies tied the series up on Saturday with a 6-5 victory and have now won five of their last seven games. The Phillies were a team that struggled offensively out of the gate, but have since scored five or more runs in four of their last seven games. Marlon Byrd has six hits in his last three games and Chase Utley has gotten on base in seven straight games. Taking the mound on Sunday will be A.J. Burnett, who is 0-1 with a 2.73 ERA and has walked 17 batters in 29.2 innings while striking out 20 hitters. Burnett is 3-3 with a 4.93 ERA in six career starts against the Diamondbacks.
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The Diamondbacks have won three of their last four games, but are still sitting with an ugly 8-19 record. The difference for the Diamondbacks has been their offense, as they’ve scored at least five runs in their last four games. Still, the Diamondbacks pitching staff could be better, as they’re just 8-8 this season when scoring four or more runs. Paul Goldschmidt has gotten on base in 14 straight games. Starting for the Diamondbacks will be Brandon McCarthy, who is 0-4 with a 6.23 ERA and has allowed 21 earned runs in 30.1 innings and struck out 22 batters. McCarthy allowed zero runs in eight innings in his only career start against the Phillies.
The Phillies are 10-26 in their last 36 games as a road underdog and 14-31 in their last 45 road games. The Diamondbacks are 1-4 in McCarthy's last 5 starts as a favorite and 7-19 in McCarthy's last 26 starts.
Despite the walks, Burnett has been pretty impressive, while McCarthy has been a hitting machine and giving up runs left and right. Getting the Phillies at this price is an absolute steal.