Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets Preview 7/22/2008

MLB Betting Preview

Philadelphia Phillies (53-46) at New York Mets (53-46)
Tuesday, 7:10 pm Eastern

SBG Global Opening Line: Mets - 185 , Total 8 Over -115

The New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies begin a three-game series on Tuesday with both teams battling for the National League East lead. The Mets will be counting on Johan Santana on Tuesday while the Phillies will go with new acquisition, Joe Blanton. SBG Global reports that early MLB betting has the public taking Mets at Home.

Santana is 8-7 on the season with a 3.10 ERA. He has a nice ERA but really hasn’t pitched up to his reputation. He will be needed in a big way as the Mets hosts the Phillies on Tuesday. Santana is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA this season against the Phillies. Santana allowed five runs and six hits in only four innings in his last start against Cincinnati.

The Phillies go with Blanton who they picked up in a trade with Oakland. He is 5-12 this season with a 4.96 ERA. He is 1-0 against the Mets though, pitching 15 innings without allowing a run. “Maybe a change of scenery will help him,” Philadelphia pitching coach Rich Dubee said. “We think he’s going to be a piece that’s going to help us get into the playoffs and further on.” Blanton also did not pitch well in his last start, allowing six runs and nine hits in six innings against Seattle.

SBG Global Current Line: Mets - 168 , Total 8 Over -115

Here are the MLB betting stats for Tuesday’s game. The Phillies are 8-2 in their last 10 games as a road underdog. The Phillies are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. the National League East. The Phillies are 2-7 in the last 9 meetings between the two teams.

The Mets are 7-0 in their last 7 games as a home favorite. The Mets are 11-2 in their last 13 overall. The Mets are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. the National League East. The Mets are 8-2 in their last 10 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Mets are 2-5 in Santana’s last 7 starts as a favorite. The Mets are 2-6 in Santana’s last 8 starts.

The Under is 5-1 in the Phillies last 6 Tuesday games. The Under is 7-3 in the Phillies last 10 games as an underdog. The Under is 9-4 in the Phillies last 13 games vs. a left-handed starter. The Under is 11-5 in the Phillies last 16 vs. the National League East.

The Under is 5-0 in the Mets last 5 home games vs. a right-handed starter. The Under is 8-1 in the Mets last 9 games as a home favorite. The Under is 5-2 in the Mets last 7 overall. The Under is 6-2-3 in Santana’s last 11 starts overall. The Under is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in New York between the two teams.

Pick: Mets Top play 5 units