Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Mets - 4/20/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Mets (7-6) at Philadelphia Phillies (6-9)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)
B Colon (1-1) (2.13) vs. J Hellickson (1-1) (4.29)
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +135 / New York Mets -145 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: SNY, CSPh
Coming up Wednesday evening in the MLB, we’ve got game three of what’s been a pretty one-sided series so far between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
In game one of this matchup on Monday, the Mets took a 5-2 victory. During Tuesday’s game two, things weren’t so close. New York demolished Philadelphia 11-1 in that one.
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Pitching for New York on Wednesday is everyone’s favorite portly veteran Bartolo Colon. So far this year, the 42-year-old Colon has pitched well, accumulating a 2.13 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP and 13 strikeouts across 12.2 innings in two starts. That gives Colon 219 career wins, tied for second all-time with Pedro Martinez among Dominican-born pitchers.
The free-swinging Mets batting order has performed reasonably well overall in 2016. Asdrubal Cabrera has come up with 15 hits, but has just two RBI. Cabrera went 0-for-3 on Monday. As for Yoenis Cespedes, he’s got 14 hits with 10 runs and 12 RBI. Neil Walker has had his ups and downs, but has also collected six homers with 11 RBI and eight runs.
As for the Phillies, they’ll be utilizing right-hander Jeremy Hellickson on the mound in Wednesday’s game. In his three starts this year, Hellickson has amassed a 4.30 ERA with a 1.02 WHIP over 14.2 innings. Hellickson lasted just three innings back on Friday, giving up six runs (five earned) against the Nationals.
The Phillies lineup has been a bit underwhelming for most of 2016, but features a few bright spots. Maikel Franco is sitting on 14 hits with five RBI, while Cesar Hernandez isn’t far behind with 12 hits. Hernandez has just one RBI thus far, however, and was out of the lineup on Monday. Ryan Howard is another player of note, with four homers but a paltry BA of .205 this season.
The Mets are 4-1 in their last five game threes of a series, but just 1-4 in Colon’s last five starts during a series game three. As for the Phillies, they’re 6-1 in their last seven game threes of a series, and 2-6 in their last eight Wednesday games.
I like Colon to keep his early-season roll going in this game, as I don’t see too many Phillies who will give him trouble. The Mets should be able to close this series out with a win.