MLB Picks: Bettis & the Rockies vs. Kendrick & the Phillies

Joe Freda

Thursday, August 22, 2013 1:52 PM GMT

The Philadelphia Phillies rallied for Wednesday’s 4-3 win over the Colorado Rockies, cashing as 175 home favorites. What do these teams have in store for today's series finale?

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Thursday’s MLB betting has the set’s finale slated, with Philadelphia’s Kyle Kendrick (10-10, 4.36 ERA) facing Colorado’s Chad Bettis (0-2, 5.30 ERA) in a matchup of righties.

Phillies, Ruiz surge past Rockies

Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz drilled a pinch-hit double in Wednesday’s ninth frame, driving in Casper Wells to tie the contest, 3-3. Philadelphia’s Michael Young followed up with a walk off single, ending a 0-for-10 drought from his last four games.

Colorado’s Dexter Fowler and Nolan Arenado drove in one run each, each notching a 2-for-4 night. Both sides finished with 11 hits, while the contest’s combined seven runs stayed ‘Under’ the closing ‘total’ of 7.5.

Kendrick outdueled at home

Kendrick logged a fourth loss in five starts with Saturday’s 5-0 setback for Philadelphia as a 196 home dog to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 28-year-old allowed one earned run on seven hits, lasting for six innings.

Philadelphia was held to three hits at the hands of Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw. Phillies mates Jimmy Rollins and Kevin Frandsen both went 0-for-4 from the lineup’s top two spots, while Frandsen logged one of his side’s three errors.

Bettis falls in Baltimore

Bettis took the hill on the same night in Colorado’s 8-4 defeat to the Baltimore Orioles, failing to collect as a 173 road dog. The rookie departed after just 2 2/3 frames, giving up all eight of Baltimore’s runs.

Rockies slugger Michael Cuddyer poked a double from the cleanup spot, finishing 2-for-4. Colorado edged out the Orioles in hits, 12-10, while the matchup’s dozen runs soared ‘Over’ the ‘total’ of nine.

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Back the Phillies as home ‘chalk’

Kendrick opened as a 135 home favorite on William Hill’s MLB odds board, while the ‘total’ was first set at a flat nine. The weather forecast in Philadelphia calls for a temperature of 82 degrees, with a 35 percent chance of thunderstorms.

I am backing Kendrick and the Phillies in this spot for my sports picks, looking for the home ‘chalk’ to collect.

Kendrick settled down in his last start, while failing to get run support thanks to Clayton Kershaw’s opposing arm. Philadelphia has cashed at 5-1 in its last six home dates against right-handed starters, while going 6-1 in Kendrick’s last seven outings against Colorado.

Bettis has not shown much at the MLB level yet, giving up a whopping 2.13 WHIP and .409 OBP over his three road starts. Colorado is 1-7 in its last eight road contests facing a righty starter, while notching just 2.6 RPG over its last 15 affairs away from home.

Philadelphia moved to 5-1 in its last six home outings against the Rockies with Wednesday’s win, with the span now including four one-run victories. Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez remains on the disabled list, with Kendrick happy to not see his bat in tonight’s lineup.

Look for the Phillies to collect again here, adding another cashed ticket to the team’s 5-1 mark in Kendrick’s last six home starts.

MLB Pick: Philadelphia Phillies -135 at William Hill

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