Philadelphia Phillies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
The Arizona Diamondbacks return home as they host the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies are -160 favorites over the Diamondbacks with an over/under total set at 8 runs.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are in a tailspin and they are hoping that some home cooking gets momentum moving in the right direction. The Diamondbacks have lost four games in a row going 3-7 in their last 10 games and their opponents 96-115 have outscored them. For the season as a team Arizona has a batting average of .259 with Stephen Drew hitting .344, Miguel Montero hitting .308, and Willie Bloomquist hitting .306. The D-Backs pitching staff has an ERA 5.19 with the starters at 5.84 and the bullpen at 4.01. For game one against the NL East leaders Arizona starts Ian Kennedy who has won two of his last three starts. For the season Kennedy has allowed 23 hits and 14 earned runs while striking out 16 in 22.1 innings of work.
The Philadelphia Phillies are red hot as they have won five in a row and have the best record in baseball. The Phillies are 7-3 in their last 10 games, 8-2 on the road, and have outscored their opponents 95-69. As a team Philadelphia is hitting .260 with Placido Polanco hitting .366, Shane Victorino hitting .289, and Ryan Howard hitting .284. The Phillies pitching staff has an ERA of 3.10 with the starters at 3.47 and the bullpen at 2.25. For game one in Arizona Philadelphia starts Cliff Lee who hasn’t always looked like his usual dominant self. For the season Lee has allowed 25 hits and 11 earned runs while striking out 27 in 25.1 innings of work.
Arizona is 5-2 in their last seven against a left handed starter, 1-5 in their last six against the NL East, and 7-2 in Kennedy’s last nine starts as an underdog. Philadelphia is 5-0 in their last five road games against a team with a losing record, 47-18 in their last 65 games overall, and 16-5 in Lee’s last 21 starts. Philadelphia has won four of the last five meetings of these two.
While Lee hasn’t been as good as we have seen in the past, he’s just an outing away from being there and on his worst day he is a long ways from being horrible. I’ll take the Phillies minus the 160 tonight.
Philadelphia Phillies -160 Arizona Diamondbacks