New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies Preview 4/18/2008

MLB Betting Preview
New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies
Friday, 7:05 pm Eastern


SBG Global Opening Line: Phillies  -115, Total 8 Under -115

 

The marquee pitching matchup on Friday takes place in Philadelphia as Cole Hamels and the Phillies host Johan Santana and the Mets.  It should be a classic matchup between two of the best pitchers in baseball.  “They both have a devastating changeup. Santana has a little more experience, with a couple of Cy Youngs, and Cole is still getting to a point where he wants to be.” Phillies pitcher J.C. Romero said, “It’s going to be a great game, and I can’t wait to see it. I’m going to be a fan for the first six, seven innings. Hopefully, I’ll get a good one.”  SBG Global reports that early MLB betting has the public taking Mets on the Road.

 

The Mets took two of three from the Phillies at Shea Stadium in their first meetings of the season. This series is in Philadelphia and Hamels is ready for the matchup against Santana. “I don’t even care,” Hamels said. “The guy could have eight arms and it’s not going to bother me.” Hamels is coming off a win over the Cubs.  He threw seven shutout innings giving up only one hit. Hamels is 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA against the Mets in four career starts.

SBG Global Current Line: Phillies  -110, Total 7.5 Over -115

 

Santana has lost two games this season including two against the Brewers.  He gave up three home runs in the last game against Milwaukee.  He struck out seven and walked two.  He will be facing a Phillies lineup that scored 10 runs on Thursday in a 10-2 win over Houston.  Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Pat Burrell homered in the same game for the first time this season. “It’s good to see our offense come alive,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. “We could’ve scored more runs, but we left 11 guys on base. We didn’t knock guys in with less than two outs, and we have to get better at that.”

Every starting position player except Eric Bruntlett had at least two hits while Chris Coste had four hits, including a home run. “As a team, we needed a game like this,” Coste said. “It’s a lot easier to hit when there are runs on the board, just like it’s easier to pitch, like for Brett, when we got the lead. It becomes contagious. You go up there with nothing to lose and sometimes you have games like this.”

 

Here are the MLB betting stats for Friday’s game.  The Mets are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. the National League East. The Mets are 4-0 in their last 4 road games vs. a left-handed starter. The Mets are 4-1 in their last 5 games as a road underdog. The Mets are 6-2 in their last 8 Friday games. The Mets are 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The Mets are 3-8 in their last 11 series opening games. The Mets are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings in Philadelphia.

 

The Phillies are 5-0 in their last 5 Friday games. The Phillies are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record. The Phillies are 2-5 in their last 7 games vs. a left-handed starter. The Phillies are 1-5 in their last 6 home games vs. a left-handed starter. The Phillies are 4-1 in Hamels’ last 5 Friday starts. The Phillies are 15-5 in Hamels’ last 20 home starts. The Phillies are 9-3 in Hamels’ last 12 starts as a home favorite. The Phillies are 19-8 in Hamels’ last 27 starts. The Phillies are 19-8 in Hamels’ last 27 starts on grass.

 

The Under is 4-0 in the Mets last 4 games vs. a left-handed starter. The Over is 6-0 in the Mets last 6 road games vs. a left-handed starter. The Under is 5-1 in the Mets last 6 vs. the National League East. The Over is 10-2 in the Mets last 12 road games. The Over is 19-8-1 in the Mets last 28 overall. The Over is 7-3-2 in the Mets last 12 games as a road underdog. The Under is 39-18-4 in the Mets last 61 Friday games.

 

The Under is 5-1 in the Phillies last 6 overall. The Under is 4-1 in the Phillies last 5 home games. The Under is 4-1 in the Phillies last 5 games as a favorite. The Under is 6-0 in Hamels’ last 6 starts overall. The Under is 5-0 in Hamels’ last 5 starts as a home favorite. The Under is 6-0 in Hamels’ last 6 starts on grass. The Under is 5-0 in Hamels’ last 5 starts vs. the National League East. The Under is 4-1 in Hamels’ last 5 Friday starts. The Under is 7-3-1 in the last 11 meetings between the two teams.

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