MLB Picks: Phillies -111 Wednesday vs. Mets

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 12:47 PM GMT

Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has terrorized New York Mets pitching in recent meetings, which will prove to be the difference when the two teams face off Wednesday night. Lets examine the MLB odds on offer and seek out the value.

Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this National League East matchup at Citizens Bank Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.

 

Climbing to new heights
New York has moved four games above .500 for the first time since July 14, 2012, which has been made possible by going 7-3 over its last 10 games, including a 6-1 victory over Philadelphia as +126 road underdogs Tuesday.

The Mets have now won 15 games in April—their highest total in the season’s opening month since the 2007 campaign.  

It’s important to point out that the club has captured 15 of its last 20 road games in this rivalry.

 

Waking up the offense
Philadelphia batted .281 with 19 doubles in its previous eight games before being limited to five hits last night, but the offense has an opportunity to bounce back in a big way in this affair.

Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is hitting .412 with four home runs over a nine-game hitting streak against the Mets, while he’s also left the yard in each of his two career at-bats versus tonight’s opposing starter.

MLB handicappers will find that the team is 2-1 at home with a money line of -100 to -125, with the OVER cashing in two of those three opportunities.

 

Colon
Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (2-3, 4.50 ERA) snapped a personal two-game losing streak last time out, as he picked up a 4-1 home victory over the St. Louis Cardinals—allowing a single run and four hits over seven frames.

The right-hander is 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA in two road appearances, as he’s served up four home runs in 12 combined innings.

In five lifetime outings versus the Phillies, Colon has compiled a 1-2 record and 4.65 ERA, but he hasn’t faced them since 2008.

 

Kendrick
Phillies starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick (0-2, 3.52 ERA) has watched the club alternated wins and losses over his last four efforts, as he didn’t factor into a decision in a 7-3 road victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers last time out.

The right-hander is 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA in two home appearances, with opposing hitters batting .319 against him. 

In 22 career games (16 starts) versus the Mets, Kendrick has gone 8-8 with a 3.43 ERA, including a 3-1 record and 3.04 ERA in four outings a year ago.

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Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Phillies as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve won seven of Kendrick’s last eight starts as a favorite.

Free MLB Pick:  Philadelphia Phillies -111