MLB Picks: White Sox vs. Phillies Betting Odds Preview

Jeff Grant

Friday, July 12, 2013 2:11 PM GMT

Friday, Jul. 12, 2013 2:11 PM GMT

The White Sox and the Phillies are both coming off emotional series against division opponents.


This could lead to an offensive letdown Friday night. Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this interleague matchup at Citizens' Bank Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.

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

Quite a result

Despite being in last place in the American League Central division, Chicago managed to take two of three games from the Detroit Tigers, including a 6-3 victory as +145 road underdogs Thursday.

The White Sox are 5-9 versus National League opponents this season, including a 1-6 mark away from U.S. Cellular Field.

Trying to get back to .500

Philadelphia is 5-2 on its current 10-game homestand, as it picked up a 3-1 victory over the Washington Nationals as +126 underdogs, but the club is still 7.5 games back of the Atlanta Braves in the NL East standings.

The Phillies are 10-5 at home when the betting total is 8 to 8.5, with the OVER going 8-7 in that situation.

Danks

White Sox starting pitcher John Danks (2-6, 4.31 ERA) will look to bounce back from a 3-1 road loss to the Tampa Bay Rays last time out, as he allowed three runs and five hits over seven frames.

The left-hander is 0-5 with a 6.43 ERA in five road outings, as he’s served up nine home runs in 28 combined innings.

Danks received a no decision in his only career start against the Phillies during his rookie season on June 13, 2007.

Pettibone

Phillies starting pitcher Jonathan Pettibone (5-3, 3.84 ERA) has won back-to-back efforts, including a 7-3 home victory over the Atlanta Braves last time out, as he allowed one run and five hits over 5.1 innings of work.

The right-hander has compiled a 3-1 record and 2.45 ERA in eight home outings, issuing 13 walks and striking out 29 batters in 47.2 combined frames.

Pettibone will be making his first career appearance against the White Sox.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their MLB picks Friday, as the movement downwards on the odds board is certainly suspicious, considering 80 percent of the early action has landed on the OVER.

It’s also important to note that weather forecasts are calling for a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms throughout the game.

MLB Pick: White Sox/Phillies 'Under' 8 runs at Bet365

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