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(24-19) Philadelphia Phillies vs. Detroit Tigers (20-22)
Date: Monday May 23, 2016
Time: 7:10 PM ET
Venue: Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
Projected Pitchers: Vince Velasquez vs Mike Pelfrey
MLB Moneyline Odds: Phillies -115
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: 8.5
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The Phillies and the Tigers, two of baseball’s most historic franchises, open their interleague series on Monday with a pair of contrasting pitchers taking the mound.
The Phillies will send ace Vince Velasquez to the bump, while Detroit counters with the under-performing veteran Mike Pelfrey.
The Phillies have surprised a lot of people with the way they’ve been playing this year. As the season enters the final week of May, the Phillies are 3rd in the NL East despite being dead-last in offense.
And despite playing in arguably the best hitters’ park in the majors, Philadelphia ranks 30th in runs and hits and 29th in OBP and slugging percentage.
It’s been the pitching that has paved the way for Philadelphia’s success, and it starts with young ace Vince Velasquez. Velasquez comes in with a 5-1 record and a 2.42 ERA to go along with an incredible 0.99 WHIP.
Velasquez has pitched much better at home, though he’s still averaging nearly six strikeouts per start on the road.
If the Tigers could get some decent pitching, they’d be in command of the AL Central. Unfortunately for Detroit, the team is 25th in ERA, 24th in WHIP and 25th in K/9.
Unless Jordan Zimmermann or Justin Verlander, the Tigers find themselves having to score a bunch of runs in order to make up for their starting pitchers’ performances.
Mike Pelfrey, who had a solid year with Minnesota in 2015, has been dreadful for Detroit this season. The veteran right-hander is 0-4 with a 5.49 ERA and a 1.80 WHIP on the season.
He has been pitched better over his last two starts, though he still has a ridiculously-high 6.10 ERA at Comerica Park. Pelfrey hasn’t earned a decision in his last four starts, but the Tigers are just 2-6 when he takes the mound.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Phillies are 6-2 when Velasquez starts.
- Phillies are 12-10 on the road.
- Tigers are 10-7 in day games.
- Tigers are 4-1 in their last 5 games.
- Tigers O/U is 27-13-2.
Free Philadelphia Phillies vs. Detroit Tigers MLB Prediction:
Though the Phillies will send their ace to the mound, he’s been incredibly shaky on the road. Velasquez has been incredible at home despite pitching in such a hitter-friendly park, but the same can’t be said when he’s on the road.
Pelfrey, on the other hand, hasn’t pitched well all season.
And even though the Phillies possess a terrible lineup, even they can score their fair share of runs against the struggling Pelfrey.
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The Phillies aren’t scoring many runs, but Pelfrey has shown that even the worst teams can score runs off him.
Philadelphia is also 6-2 when Velasquez takes the mound, as opposed to just 2-6 for Detroit when Pelfrey starts.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Philadelphia 6-4
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