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Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Mets MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/9/14

New York Mets (54-61) at Philadelphia Phillies (52-63)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

Dillon Gee (R) (4-4) (3.731) vs. Cole Hamels (L) (6-6) (2.425)

The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -151 / New York Mets +141 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: WPIX, NBC 10

The Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets play Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park.

The Mets are 3-5 in the month of August and six games below a .500 record. The Mets pitching staff has really fallen apart as of late, allowing four or more runs in six of their last eight games. Overall, the Mets have an ERA of 3.54, which is 10th in the majors, and they’ve lost 10 of their last 11 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Lucas Duda has a hit in four of his last five games and David Wright has a seven-game hitting streak. Dillon Gee takes the hill, and he’s 4-4 with a 3.73 ERA and has 59 strikeouts in 82 innings. Gee is 3-4 with a 7.11 ERA in 12 career games against the Phillies.

Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Mets MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/9/14

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The Phillies have won five of their last eight games and are 12 games below a .500 record. The Phillies pitching staff has allowed four or more runs in six of their last nine games. Overall, the Phillies have an ERA of 3.97, which is 23rd in the majors, and they’ve lost six of their last eight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Ryan Howard has scored a run in four straight games and Marlon Byrd has five hits in his last three games. Starting is Cole Hamels, who is 6-6 with a 2.42 ERA and has 139 strikeouts in 137.1 innings. Hamels is 8-14 with a 4.19 ERA in 30 career starts against the Mets.

The Mets are 0-4 in Gees last 4 starts as an underdog and 0-4 in Gees last 4 starts overall. The Phillies are 4-9 in Hamels' last 13 starts vs. National League East and 5-1 in Hamels' last 6 starts as a favorite. 

I'd avoid this game due to the way both teams are playing right now. However, for the sake of the article, give me the Mets because of the value. Hamels hasn't exactly been great against the Mets in his career and hasn't been great against the NL East, period. 

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