MLB Picks: Bet Phillies +140 vs. Tigers Friday

Jeff Grant

Friday, July 26, 2013 2:01 PM GMT

Friday, Jul. 26, 2013 2:01 PM GMT

The Detroit Tigers have won two of their last three games without their All-Star third baseman, but they might be a bit overvalued against the Philadelphia Phillies Friday.

Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this interleague matchup at Comerica Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:08 p.m. ET.

Check out our Friday Morning MLB Odds & Betting Lines Report.

Falling flat 

Philadelphia has lost five games in a row, including a 3-1 setback to the St. Louis Cardinals as +165 road underdogs Thursday, while going UNDER the betting total for the third time in its last four contests. 

The Phillies are 6-7 as road underdogs of +125 to +150 this season—but have dropped all seven games this season when listed in the +150 to +175 range in that situation. 

Cabrera is still out

Detroit returns home from a 4-3 road trip, which ended with a 7-4 defeat to the Chicago White Sox as -144 road favorites yesterday afternoon, while going OVER the betting total of 7.5. 

The Tigers have played their last three games without the services of third baseman Miguel Cabrera, who is listed as doubtful with a hip injury for the opening contest of this series. 

Hamels 

Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels (4-12, 4.16 ERA) has led the team to four wins in his last five outings, but he suffered a 5-4 road defeat to the New York Mets last time out, as he allowed four runs and seven hits over five frames.

The left-hander is 2-6 with a 3.80 ERA in 11 road outings, issuing 22 walks and striking out 67 batters in 66.1 combined innings.

Hamels has compiled a 3-4 record and 5.77 ERA in nine road starts versus American League opponents, as he prepares to face the Tigers for the first time in his career. 

Fister 

Tigers starting pitcher Doug Fister (8-5, 3.90 ERA) has won back-to-back outings, including a 4-1 road victory over the Kansas City Royals last time out, as he gave up a single run and six hits over six innings of work. 

The right-hander is 5-3 with a 3.68 ERA in nine home starts, surrendering just four home runs in 58.2 combined frames.

Fister will face the Phillies for the first time in his career.

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Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Phillies with their MLB picks, as the Tigers have dropped five of their last six games against National League opponents as a favorite.

MLB Pick: Philadelphia Phillies +140

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