MLB Picks: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
The Philadelphia Phillies (10-11) and Los Angeles Dodgers (13-9) will continue a National League series Thursday night, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:10 p.m. ET at Dodger Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Philadelphia had its three-game winning streak snapped Wednesday night, as it dropped a 5-2 decision to Los Angeles as +151 road underdogs, while going OVER the betting total of 6.5. The Phillies bullpen has a collective 5.64 ERA this season, which ranks last among all 30 MLB squads—allowing at least one run in 12 of 20 games in the early going this season. Philadelphia is 3-16 as road underdogs of +150 to +175 the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 12-7 in that situation.
Phillies starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick (0-2, 3.60 ERA) suffered a 3-1 road loss to the Colorado Rockies last time out, as he surrendered three runs and six hits over seven frames. The right-hander is in the midst of a career-high seven-game losing streak, with the offense supplying him an average of 2.44 runs of support per nine innings over that span. In 12 career games (nine starts) versus the Dodgers, Kendrick has put together a 5-6 record and 6.84 ERA.
Los Angeles avoided its first losing streak of three or more games since dropping four in a row from Sept. 13-16, with outfielder Yasiel Puig leading the charge in going 2 for 4 with a triple and two RBIs. The Dodgers are still just 6-10 in their last 16 home games against the Phillies—getting outscored by a 74-53 margin over that span. Los Angeles is 16-14 as home favorites of -150 to -175 the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 14-13 in that situation.
Dodgers starting pitcher Dan Haren (3-0, 2.16 ERA) is limiting opponents to a .250 batting average this season with 20 strikeouts and only two walks, while giving up just five hits with RISP. The right-hander will be making his first start against the Phillies as a member of the Blue Crew, but he posted a 1-1 record and 4.13 ERA in four games during his time with the Washington Nationals in 2013.
Sports bettors will likely back the Dodgers due to their 4-1 record in Kendrick’s last five outings against them.