Philadelphia Phillies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
The Arizona Diamondbacks look to make it two in a row over the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies are -145 favorites over he Diamondbacks with the over/under total set at 8 runs.
The Arizona Diamondbacks returned home and treated to home crowd to a win over the Phils. Chris Young and Gerardo Parra both homered and Jay Upton, Xavier Nady, and Ryan Roberts all had hits as the Diamondbacks were able to convert five hits into four runs and make it hold up for the win. Ian Kennedy was dominant on the mound allowing just three hits and striking out while going a complete nine shutout innings. For Tuesday’s game Arizona looks to follow up Monday’s performance as they send Daniel Hudson to the mound. Hudson is still looking for his first win of the year as he has allowed 20 hits and 16 earned runs while striking out 26 in 24.1 innings of work.
The Philadelphia Phillies led in the NL East shrunk as their loss combined with a Florida Marlins win leaves them just a half of a game ahead in the dvision. Placido Polanco had two hits and Jimmy Rollins had one but the Phillies had more players with two strikeouts than with a hit. Cliff Lee allowed five hits and four runs while striking out 12 over seven innings but it all added up to his second loss of the year. On Tuesday Philadelphia looks to bounce back as they send Roy Oswalt out for the start. For the season Oswalt has allowed 15 hits and five earned runs while striking out 21 in 24 innings of work.
Arizona is 2-7 in their last nine game two of a series, 1-4 in their last five against the NL East, and 0-4 in Hudson’s last four starts. Philadelphia is 5-1 in their last six road games against a team with a losing home record, 31-10 in their last 41 road games, and 15-3 in Oswalt’s last 18 starts. Philadelphia is 4-2 in the last six meetings of these two.
With Hudson and Oswalt we have two strikeout pitchers and I don’t see a lot of runs here. The total is at a generous eight so no reason not to grab the under.
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