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Detroit Tigers vs. Philadelphia Phillies - 7/23/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Philadelphia Phillies at Detroit Tigers
Date & Time Tuesday July 23, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)
Comerica Park
Detroit, MI
The Line
Detroit Tigers +130 / Philadelphia Phillies -150
TV Channel
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The Philadelphia Phillies and the Detroit Tigers meet in the opener of a two game interleague set in MLB action from Comerica Park on Tuesday.

The Philadelphia Phillies will look to build on a series win over Pittsburgh, taking Sunday’s rubber match by a final score of 2-1. Rhys Hoskins went 2 for 4 with a solo home run while Cesar Hernandez added the other Philadelphia RBI in the win. Bryce Harper and Roman Quinn each had a double while Adam Haseley added a base hit as well as the Phils cranked out just six hits as a team in the victory. Drew Smyly gave up one run on four hits while striking out eight over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Ranger Suarez picked up the victory to improve to 3-0 on the year. Aaron Nola will start game one and is 8-2 with a 3.77 ERA and 138 strikeouts this season. In his career, Nola is 1-0 with a 2.31 ERA and 12 strikeouts against Detroit.

The Detroit Tigers will look to build some steam after avoiding a sweep at the hands of Toronto with a 4-3 win in Sunday’s series finale. JaCoby Jones and Nick Castellanos each had a solo home run with Castellanos going 3 for 5 with a double as well. Jeimer Candelario added an RBI and a double as well while Brandon Dixon went 2 for 4 and Niko Goodrum added a double as well. Christin Stewart, Gordon Beckham and Harold Castro each chipped in base hits as well in the victory. Tyler Alexander allowed one run on three hits over seven innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Nick Ramirez got the win in relief to improve to 5-3 on the year. Matt Boyd will start game one and is 6-8 with a 4.12 ERA and 160 strikeouts this season. This will be Boyd’s first career start against Philadelphia.

Philadelphia is 6-1 in Nola’s last 7 road starts and 8-3 in their last 11 games against the AL Central while the under is 8-2-1 in their last 11 games following a win. Detroit is 1-7 in Boyd’s last 8 starts and 10-42 in their last 52 games against a right-handed starter while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record. Philadelphia is 2-7 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams.

It’s bad enough that the Tigers have trouble winning games consistently, but it doesn’t help that the Tigers barely win with Boyd on the mound. Boyd has allowed at least four runs in each of his last six starts, and numbers like that won’t help if Philadelphia’s offense gets going. Detroit has shown more often than not that they struggle offensively for long stretches this season. Nola has been very good on the road lately, and given the gap between the two teams, the price is actually pretty decent, so I’ll lay the juice with the Phillies in this one.

Philadelphia Phillies -150

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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