Philadelphia Phillies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
First place in the National League East hosts first place in the National League West as the Philadelphia Phillies host the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Phillies are -230 favorites over the Diamondbacks with an over/under run total set at 7.5.
The Philadelphia Phillies have the best record in baseball and as good as they have been all season, they appear to be playing some of their best baseball of the season right now. The Phillies are 8-2 in their last 10 games, 42-19 at home this season, and have a nine game lead in the National League East. As a team Philadelphia is hitting .252 led by Hunter Pence at .327, Shance Victorino at .313, Chase Utley at .278, and Placido Polanco at .275. As a team the Phillies pitching staff has a combined ERA of 3.09 with the starters at 2.99 and the bullpen at 3.36. For game one against the Diamondbacks Philadelphia starts Cliff Lee who has won his last three starts but lost his only start against Arizona thus far this season. Overall this season Lee has allowed 153 hits and 54 earned runs while striking out 177 in 172 innings of work.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are looking to go from worst to first in the National League West as they lead the Giants with just over 40 games left in the season. The Diamondbacks have won six in a row, are 7-3 in their last 10 games, and 32-27 on the road this season. As a team Arizona is hitting .250 led by Justin Upton at .306, Miguel Montero at .266, and Ryan Roberts at .264. As a team the Diamondbacks have a combined ERA of 4.02 with the starters at 4.1 and the bullpen at 3.79. For game one in Philly Arizona starts Josh Collmenter who took a loss against the Phillies earlier this season. Overall this year Collmenter has allowed 89 hits and 41 earned runs while striking out 69 in 105 innings of work.
Philadelphia is 41-15 in their last 56 games overall, 40-15 in their last 55 home games against a team with a winning record, and 8-2 in Lee’s last 10 home starts against a team with a winning record. Arizona is 6-0 in their last six against the National League East, 4-1 in their last five road games, and 3-7 in Collmenter’s last 10 starts. Philadelphia has won their last seven home games against Arizona.
While I backed Collmenter earlier this year, he has been letting me down in a big way of late and I don’t give him the chance here. Take the Phillies minus the 230.
Philadelphia Phillies -230 Arizona Diamondbacks