Philadelphia Phillies vs. Cleveland Indians
The Philadelphia Phillies and the Cleveland Indians face off on Wednesday in Philadelphia for game two of their interleague series. The Phillies are -168 favorites over the Indians with an over/under run total set at 7.5.
The Philadelphia Phillies are used to being the hunted in the National League East but this year they are clearly the hunters and with Tuesday’s win they continue to quietly work their way up the standings. Dominic Brown had two hits including a home run, Kevin Frandsen hit a home run, and John Mayberry had three hits as the Phillies scored six runs on 10 hits. Starting pitcher Jonathan Pettibone allowed four hits and two runs while striking out three over 6.2 innings to get the win and go to 3-0 for the season. For Wednesday afternoon’s game the Phillies start Cole Hamels who has lost three of his last four starts. For the season Hamels has allowed 43 hits and 24 earned runs while striking out 43 over 51.2 innings for a 1-5 record and a 4.18 ERA.
The Cleveland Indians have been one of the hotter teams in baseball but they were cooled off on Tuesday by the Phillies. Nick Swisher had two hits and Carlos Santana and Asdrubal Cabrera had hits as the Indians scored two runs on seven hits. Starting pitcher Scott Kazmir allowed six hits and four runs while striking gout three over 5.0 innings to take the loss and fall to 2-2 on the year. On Wednesday Cleveland starts Corey Kluber who has lost his last two starts. For the season Kluber has allowed 28 hits and 14 earned runs while striking out 20 over 22.1 innings for a 2-2 record and a 5.64 ERA.
Philadelphia is 2-6 in their last eight interleague games, 3-5 in their last eight home games, and 2-7 in Hamels’ last nine interleague starts. Cleveland is 5-11 in their last 16 interleague games against a left handed starter, 3-10 in their last 13 against the NL East, and 4-11 in Kluber’s last 15 starts.
I expect to see some offense and not sure if either of these pitchers get a decision but I give the Phillies just a slight edge in a pick.
Philadelphia Phillies -168 Cleveland Indians