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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 8/16/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Dodgers (65-52) at Philadelphia Phillies (56-63)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

Kenta Maeda (11-7) (3.31) vs. Vincent Velasquez (8-4) (3.94)

The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +145 / Los Angeles Dodgers -155 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds


In MLB action from Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday, we’ve got a series-opener between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

The Dodgers are coming off a set against the Pirates this weekend. L.A. won Saturday’s game, but dropped the other two to lose the series. 

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 8/16/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


As for Philadelphia, they were able to sweep the Rockies over the weekend at home and have now won four in a row. 

Taking the mound for the Dodgers on Tuesday will be RHP Kenta Maeda. Over his 23 games and 11-7 record this year, Maeda owns a 3.31 ERA with a 1.09 WHIP in 130.2 innings. In his last appearance, Maeda went five innings with three earned on six hits against the Phillies for a win. 

Let’s check out a few of the notable Dodgers hitters. Corey Seager has managed 141 hits with 74 runs and 56 RBI so far. Adrian Gonzalez has put up 122 hits with 49 runs and 56 RBI as well. Chase Utley has been getting in on the action with 95 hits, 56 runs and 34 RBI so far. 

Vincent Velasquez will take the hill for the Phillies on Tuesday. Over his 20 starts and 8-4 record this year, Velasquez holds a 3.94 ERA with a 1.36 WHIP in 107.1 innings. In LA his last time out, Velasquez got beat up for 11 hits and nine runs in 4.2 innings for a big loss. 

The Phillies have a little bit of power up their sleeve at the plate. Odubel Herrera has managed 123 hits with 64 runs and 41 RBI so far. Cesar Hernandez sits on 115 hits with 46 runs and 28 RBI. Maikel Franco has hit 105 times with 49 runs, 21 homers and 69 RBI to his credit. 

The Dodgers are 5-2 in their last seven road games versus a right-handed starter, and 4-0 in Maeda’s last four starts. L.A. is also 6-2 in Maeda’s last eight road starts, and 8-2 in their last 10 games following a loss. 

As for the Phillies, they’re 4-0 in their last four overall, and 4-0 in their last four against the NL West. Philadelphia is also 5-1 in their last six home games, and 0-5 in Velasquez’s last five starts. 

Velasquez needs to forget his rocky start his last time out, and I think he will. I’ll take the Phillies here.

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