Free MLB Picks: Halladay & Phillies vs. Indians

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 12:07 PM GMT

Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2013 12:07 PM GMT

The Philadelphia Phillies are coming off their first sweep of the 2013 MLB season, as they get set to open up a brief two-game interleague series against the Cleveland Indians Tuesday night.


Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this matchup at Progressive Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET.

Break out the brooms

Philadelphia finished off a three-game sweep of the New York Mets with a 5-1 victory as -116 road favorites Sunday, while going UNDER the betting total of 7. 

The Phillies are 2-0 after sweeping such a series on the road against a division rival the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 1-0-1 in that situation. 

Welcome home 

Cleveland finished its recent road trip with a 5-4 record, as it closed things out with back-to-back wins, including a 9-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals as +138 underdogs Monday night. 

The Indians have played 15 of their 23 games on the road to open up their first season under manager Terry Francona, with the OVER going 12-10-1 in those contests.

Halladay

Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay (2-2, 5.08 ERA) didn’t earn a decision in a 5-3 home loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates last time out, as he allowed one run and a single hit over six strong frames, while issuing two walks and striking out eight. 

The right-hander is 1-1 with a 4.76 ERA in two road outings this year, with opposing hitters batting .196 against him. 

In 13 career appearances (12 starts) versus the Indians, Halladay has compiled a 6-2 record and 3.52 ERA), but hasn’t faced them since 2009. 

McAllister 

Indians starting pitcher Zach McAllister (1-3, 3.52 ERA) has dropped back-to-back decisions, including a 3-2 road defeat to the Chicago White Sox last time out, as he surrendered three runs and five hits over 5.2 frames.

The right-hander has struggled with his control recently, issuing eight free passes in his last two efforts after not walking a single batter in his first two outings. 

In 18 career home starts, McAllister has tallied a 5-7 record and 4.98 ERA, surrendering 17 home runs in 97.2 combined innings.

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Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Phillies as one of their MLB picks Tuesday, as they’ve won 22 of their last 29 series openers with Halladay on the hill, while the Indians are 2-9 in McAllister’s last 11 outings as an underdog. 

MLB Pick:  Philadelphia Phillies -120 at Bet365

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