Philadelphia Phillies (6-12) at St. Louis Cardinals (12-4)
|Date & Time||Monday April 27, 2015, 8:15 PM (EDT)|
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -133 / Philadelphia Phillies +123 --- Over/Under: 7
The Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals begin a four-game series Monday night.
The Philadelphia Phillies look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Phillies have allowed nine runs in their last two games and four or more runs in four of their last five games. The Phillies have lost eight of their last nine games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Freddy Galvis leads Philly with 22 hits and eight RBi while Ryan Howard and Chase Utley have combined for 18 RBI. The Philadelphia Phillies are just 1-6 on the road this season. Cole Hamels gets the ball, and he’s 0-2 with a 3.75 ERA and 23 strikeouts this season. Hamels is 2-4 with a 3.25 ERA and 72 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.
The St. Louis Cardinals look to stay hot after winning four of their last five games. The Cardinals have allowed three or less runs in nine of their last 11 games and nine runs in their last three games. The Cardinals have won nine of their last 10 games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Matt Carpenter leads the Cards with 26 hits and 11 RBI while Matt Holliday and Jhonny Peralta have combined for 19 RBI. The St. Louis Cardinals have won five straight on their home field. John Lackey takes the hill, and he’s 1-0 with a 4.34 ERA and 13 strikeouts this season. Lackey is 2-3 with a 3.38 ERA and 24 strikeouts in his career against the Phillies.
The Phillies are 7-19 in their last 26 road games vs. a right-handed starter and 1-5 in Hamels' last 6 starts. The Cardinals are 8-1 in their last 9 home games vs. a left-handed starter and 7-0 in Lackeys last 7 home starts. The Phillies are 5-2 in Hamels' last 7 road starts vs. Cardinals and 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in St. Louis overall.
Not many solid chances to back the Phillies, as they're flat out awful. However, we're getting Philly and the plus money with Hamels on the mound. I like the value here with the Phills.