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Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Mets - 8/13/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Mets (52-62) at Philadelphia Phillies (43-71)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 1:35 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

Chris Flexen (1-1) (8.48) vs. Zach Eflin (1-3) (5.83)

The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -109 / New York Mets -101 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSPh, SNY

The New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies meet Sunday in MLB action at Citizens Bank Park.

The New York Mets could use a win here after losing 11 of their last 16 games. The Mets have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. The New York Mets have won five of their last nine games when scoring more than one run. Michael Conforto leads the Mets with 96 hits and 62 RBI while Asdrubal Cabrera and Jose Reyes have combined for 168 hits and 96 RBI. Chris Flexen gets the ball, and he is 1-1 with a 8.49 ERA and eight strikeouts this season. This will be Flexen’s first career game against the Phillies.

Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Mets - 8/13/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Philadelphia Phillies look for another victory after winning four of their last six games. The Phillies have scored nine runs in this series and three or less runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Philadelphia Phillies have won eight of their last 12 games when scoring at least three runs. Odubel Herrera leads the Phillies with 122 hits and 45 RBI while Freddy Galvis and Cesar Hernandez have combined for 209 hits and 71 RBI. Zach Eflin gets the ball, and he is 1-3 with a 5.67 ERA and 28 strikeouts this season. Eflin is 0-1 with a 3.27 ERA and six strikeouts in his career against the Mets.

The Mets are 0-6 in their last 6 Sunday games. The Phillies are 6-0 in their last 6 Sunday games, 3-8 in their last 11 during game 4 of a series and 1-6 in Eflins last 7 starts. The Mets are 39-14 in the last 53 meetings in Philadelphia, 44-18 in the last 62 meetings and the over is 76-36-5 in the last 117 meetings.

Flexen hasn't been great in his first three career starts, but the same can be said for Eflin, who has an ERA over seven at home this season and has allowed seven or more earned runs in three of his last four starts overall. This is simply a blah matchup that's probably better if you avoid it. However, if forced to pick, I'd side with the Mets because they're the better team overall and have an offense that can squeeze this out. We're also getting a slightly cheaper price with the better team, so that's cool. 

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