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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 7/16/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Dodgers at Philadelphia Phillies
Date & Time Tuesday July 16, 2019, 7:05 PM (EDT)
Citizens Bank Park
Philadelphia, PA
The Line
Los Angeles Dodgers: -1.5 (-125) / Philadelphia Phillies: 1.5 (+105)
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The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies meet in game two of a four game set in MLB action from Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will look to keep the momentum going after three Ws in a row following a 16-2 rout in game one on Monday. Enrique Hernandez led the Dodgers with three RBIs, going 2 for 4 with a double. Alex Verdugo, Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy each had a home run and two RBIs with Bellinger belting a pair of home runs. Joc Pederson and Austin Barnes each had two RBIs as well while Justin Turner and Corey Seager each added an RBI as well in the victory. Matt Beaty added a double as well to cap off the Dodgers’ offense as a team in the victory. Clayton Kershaw got the win to improve to 8-2 on the year after allowing one run on four hits while striking out seven over six innings of work. Walker Buehler will start game two and is 8-1 with a 3.46 ERA and 113 strikeouts this season. This will be Buehler’s second career start against Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Phillies will look to bounce back after being routed in game one on Monday. Scott Kingery went 2 for 5 with a solo home run while Maikel Franco added an RBI as well. Rhys Hoskins had a pair of hits with a triple Bryce Harper and Adam Haseley each had a double with Harper going 2 for 4 to cap off Philly’s offense as a team in the defeat. Zach Eflin took the loss, falling to 7-9 on the year after giving up seven runs on nine hits while striking out five over six innings of work. Vince Velasquez will start game two and is 2-5 with a 4.63 ERA and 63 strikeouts this season. In his career, Velasquez is 1-3 with a 7.91 ERA and 26 strikeouts against the Dodgers.

Los Angeles is 7-1 in Buehler’s last 8 starts and 54-25 in their last 79 games overall while the under is 3-1-1 in their last 5 games against the NL East. Philadelphia is 1-5 in Velasquez’s last 6 starts and 6-14 in their last 20 games against a right-handed starter while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 games against the NL West.

Both of these pitchers have had their ups and downs lately, but the difference for me here is that the Dodgers win a lot with Buehler on the mound which can’t necessarily be said for Philadelphia with Velasquez. Buehler has also gone 5-1 on the road with an ERA just south of four while Velasquez has had issues against the Dodgers in his career. The Dodgers have also been raking for the most part since the all-star break, so I’ll side with Los Angeles and to cut down the heavy juice, I’ll back the Dodgers on the RL here.

Los Angeles Dodgers: -1.5 (-125)

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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