Hamel on Mound Makes Phillies the Pick Over Reds

Jeff Grant

Friday, June 6, 2014 12:21 PM UTC

Friday, Jun. 6, 2014 12:21 PM UTC

The Philadelphia Phillies are struggling mightily, but they’ll likely break a long losing streak due to having Cole Hamels on the mound against the Cincinnati Reds Friday night. Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this National League matchup.

Rock bottom
Philadelphia has scored just 15 runs during its current six-game losing streak, which includes a 4-2 setback to the Washington Nationals as +185 road underdogs Thursday, while going 'under' the betting total of 7.5. 

The Phillies have a NL-worst 9-20 record since May 4—leading directly to a 10.5-game deficit in the NL East standings. MLB handicappers will find that the club is 22-39 in the month of June since the start of the 2012 campaign.

A notch below the best
Cincinnati dropped two of three games against the San Francisco Giants to open up its homestand, including a 6-1 setback as +110 underdogs Thursday—proving the franchise is a notch below the premier teams in the Senior Circuit. The Reds may sit second baseman Brandon Phillips in the series opener, considering he’s 4-for-30 in his career against tonight’s opposing starter. 

It’s important to point out that the Cincinnati Reds are a perfect 7-0 as home favorites of -125 to -175 this season.

Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels (1-3, 4.01 ERA) has watched the club drop seven of his eight outings this season, but he didn’t factor into the decision of a 4-3 home defeat to the New York Mets last time out. The left-hander has gone 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA in three road efforts—issuing five walks and striking out 21 batters in 20 combined frames. Hamels has compiled a dominating 9-0 record and 1.49 ERA in his career versus the Reds.

Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto (5-4, 1.68 ERA) snapped a personal two-game losing streak in his last trip to the mound—earning a 5-0 road victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The right-hander is 3-2 with a 1.31 ERA in six home appearances, with opposing hitters batting just .135 against him.In his last six appearances versus the Phillies, Cueto has put together a 1-2 record and 2.84 ERA.

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Phillies as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve gone 12-0 in Hamels’ 12 career starts in the series.

My Free MLB Pick:  Philadelphia Phillies


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