Short Thursday's Card Offers Early Betting Value On Marlins vs. Phillies

Philadelphia Phillies

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 10:17 PM GMT

Sports handicapper Ian Cameron provides a look at MLB Overnight Betting Lines for the games taking place on Thursday, July 21, and provides some expert picks.

Miami Marlins vs Philadelphia Phillies

Tom Koehler has had a rough time of it for the Miami Marlins who as a team is just 7-12 in Koehler’s 19 starts this season including 1-4 in his last 5 trips to the mound. He has a 5.02 ERA on the road this season and has given up 18 runs in his last 22 innings of work during his current 1-4 slide and the Marlins are 0-2 in games when Koehler has taken the mound against the Philadelphia Phillies this season. The Marlins righty has had problems pitching deep as well lasting beyond 6 innings just once in his last 10 starts which is bad news because while the Marlins recently upgraded back end of the bullpen is strong, their middle relief isn’t necessarily as good so Koehler’s failure to eat innings could open the door for the Phillies lineup to take advantage.

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Jerad Eickhoff is on the mound for Philadelphia in this game and he has been in very good form for an extended stretch of time as the Phillies have a rock solid 6-2 record in his last 8 starts and during that span, Eickhoff has allowed 3 runs or less seven times in those eight starts. He’s been at his best pitching here at Citizens Bank Park in Philly where Eickhoff has a 2.45 ERA and the Phillies despite their 43-52 overall record on the season have managed to produce a winning record of 6-4 in Jerad Eickhoff’s 10 home starts this season. He has allowed just 3 total runs in 12 innings pitched over two starts against the Miami Marlins in his career and I expect him to hold the edge over Koehler on the mound in this game. Miami is the better team but even the inferior teams win their share of games in baseball. I’m willing to look towards the Phillies as a near even $$ price on MLB odds to get the victory on Thursday night as my recommended MLB Pick.

Free MLB Pick: Philadelphia -106 
Best Line Offered: 
at Heritage

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