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(4-8) Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Mets (7-6)
Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Time: 7:10 PM ET
Venue: Citi Field, Queens New York
Projected Pitchers: Zach Eflin vs. Zack Wheeler
MLB Moneyline Odds: Philadelphia -125 | New York +130
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: New York -1.5
MLB Betting Total: 8
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The Phillies moved Clay Bucholz to the disabled list this past week after receiving a diagnosis of a partially torn flexor-pronator mass in his pitching arm. The Phillies are unsure as of right now when they’ll see him pitch again and in his wake they have recalled Zach Eflin.
Eflin started the season on the disabled list himself after recovering from knee surgery from last summer. He has made one start thus far this season, for the Phillies’ AAA affiliate, in which he pitched five scoreless innings.
Eflin moving to the rotation allows the Phillies to promote another young arm to their rotation and see what they have in the kid. It will also give Eflin the chance to work with big league coaching and challenge himself against big league competition.
Eflin had a 5.54 ERA in 63.1 innings with the Phillies in 2016.
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Zack Wheeler, in his first sustained action in a couple of seasons, has yet to live up to the lofty expectations bestowed upon him when he was still just a prospect.
His first start was ghastly, giving up five earned runs in only four innings but he did improve in his following start, giving up three earned runs in 5.2 innings.
His last start was also against this same Phillies team that is in the bottom ten offensively thus far in this young season.
The baseball season is a marathon not a sprint and Wheeler’s goal should simply be to get better each and every game.
He could start by increasing his K/9 rate which was over 10 early in his minor league career, but also was over 9 in his best big league season in 2014.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- PHI are 3-13 in their last 16 road games
- PHI are 7-19 in the last 26 meetings in New York.
- PHI are 15-39 in the last 54 meetings
Free Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Mets MLB Prediction:
These teams will be very familiar with each other by the time the season is over and have already met each other three times in April.
Wheeler is still in a feeling out period and Eflin will be making his first start of the season against a top ten offense. The Mets have a clear advantage and should ride it into a victory.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: OVER 8
The Phillies have struggled to score this season, but will face off against Wheeler for the second time in the past week, which should be a clear advantage.
The Mets on the other hand are a top scoring offense that will be facing off against essentially a rookie making his first start of the season. Expect some fireworks and take the over.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Philadelphia 5 – New York 7
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