Philadelphia Phillies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
The Philadelphia Phillies and the St. Louis Cardinals close out their series on Sunday in Philadelphia. The Cardinals are -125 favorites over the Phillies with an over/under run total set at 8.5.
The Philadelphia Phillies got the win on Friday but on Saturday it was much of what we have seen from them all season as they fell to the Cardinals. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, and Dominic Brown each had hits as the Phillies scored one run on four hits. On the mound Cliff Lee allowed 10 hits and four runs while striking out six over seven innings as his record fell to a disappointing 2-7. For Sunday’s game Philadelphia starts Vance Worley who lost last time out when he lasted just 3.2 innings against the Braves. For the season Worley has allowed 121 hits and 48 earned runs while striking out 93 over 112.2 innings of work for a 3.83 ERA.
The St. Louis Cardinals haven’t given up on their season and they didn’t give up on Saturday as they came back for a convincing win. Matt Holliday had three hits including a home run, Allen Craig had three hits, and Yadier Molina had two hits as the Cardinals scored four runs on 10 hits. On the mound Jake Westbrook allowed four hits and run while striking out three over 7.2 innings to raise his record to 12-8 and Jason Motte earned his 26th save. For Sunday’s game St. Louis starts Lance Lynn who has won three of his last four decisions. For the season Lynn has allowed 124 hits and 52 earned runs while striking out 133 over 133 innings for a 3.52 ERA.
Philadelphia is 8-4 in their last 12 home games, 5-14 in their last 19 game three of a series, and 1-5 in Worley’s last six starts as an underdog. St. Louis is 6-2 in their last eight games against a team with a losing record, 5-10 in their last 15 road games, and 16-7 in Lynn’s last 23 starts. St. Louis is 2-4 in the last six meetings of these two.
We have two pitchers who seem to get into trouble often and this should be a high scoring game that goes over the total.