The Senior Circuit is primed to breakthrough with its power pitching staff and end the Junior Circuit’s dominance in the Midsummer Classic.
National League at American League
It’s been well-documented that the National League has failed to capture a victory in the Midsummer Classic since 1996, even though the last four contests have been decided by a single run. Ever since the game was changed to hand the victor home-field advantage in the World Series, the National League has failed to deliver as well. “The priority is to win the ballgame,” Philadelphia Phillies and National League manager Charlie Manuel said. “That’s why we are here.” All the talk about the Senior Circuit is centered on the pitching staff, with Florida starter Josh Johnson, Philadelphia ace Roy Halladay and San Francisco’s two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum set to come out of the pen.
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The Phillies and Reds get back to National League action with a pair of right-handers doing battle.
Philadelphia Phillies at Cincinnati Reds
Philadelphia closed out its interleague schedule with a 10-8 record after bombing the Toronto Blue Jays 11-2 on Sunday afternoon. “The weather is getting hot, this is hitting season and we’re starting to swing the bats better,” said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. Over their last 11 games (8-3), the Phillies have scored 75 runs and have had 10 or more hits in seven of those 10 games. Before this current streak, Philadelphia went through a 25-game slump that saw the team hit .217 and plate just 63 total runs. Scoring more than three runs in a game has been the barometer this season, with Manuel’s team going 31-6 when going over the mark and 8-27 when falling short. The Phillies have been a solid road underdog of +100 to +125 over the past three years (31-21, +1,360), but the club is just 3-3 this year (+10).
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The Phillies hope to bounce back on a national stage after allowing double-digit runs for the first time last night.
Philadelphia Phillies at Boston Red Sox
Philadelphia dropped the series opener, 12-2, to the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Friday night. Phillies SP Jamie Moyer allowed nine runs on nine hits in lasting just a single inning, suffering the worst start of his career. “We can’t put our game together,” manager Charlie Manuel said. “When we get pitching, we just don’t hit. We haven’t been hitting at all and our starting pitching has been very good until tonight.” The team is visiting Fenway Park for the first time since the 2006 season, as they are 6-12 (.333) here all-time. The team is now 1-3 on the season during interleague play, with all four games coming against today’s opponent. Philadelphia is a terrible 17-31 against the American League the past three years (-1,790), failing to produce a winning mark against the Junior Circuit since 2007.
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There is always all sorts of news about injuries in the sports news, but there is a particularly large amount today that directly affects betting decisions through the weekend:
Charlie Manuel: This isn’t directly an injury, but the Phillies’ manager lost his 87 year old mother today. He is staying to manage the game against the Dodgers. Manuel is very well liked by hos players, so I expect this to be a boost to the team. They will be playing for him. It’s also not that likely that he will be too distracted to be at his best – his mother had had a heart attack earlier in the week and wasn’t doing well, but he still managed a heck of a game in game one. I don’t know which team you like in this one, but I think that this is a check mark to put in Philadelphia’s column.
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