Starting Pitchers: Lee (Phillies) vs. Dickey (Mets)
Date/Time: September 17th, 7:10 P.M. EST
Television: MLB Network
MLB Odds from Bookmaker
Moneyline: Phillies -105 Mets -105
Total: 6.5 (Over -110)
MLB Betting Game Trends
- Philadelphia is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia’s last 6 games
- Philadelphia is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
- Philadelphia is 6-13 SU in its last 19 games when playing NY Mets
- The total has gone OVER in 11 of Philadelphia’s last 13 games when playing NY Mets
New York Mets
- The total has gone UNDER in 15 of NY Mets’s last 23 games
- NY Mets are 1-8 SU in its last 9 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 9 of NY Mets’s last 11 games at home
- NY Mets are 0-5 SU in its last 5 games at home
- NY Mets are 13-6 SU in its last 19 games when playing Philadelphia
The surging Philadelphia Phillies look to keep their name in the hat for the NL Wild Card with a series in Flushing starting on Monday, as they take on the New York Mets in a battle for MLB betting fans to enjoy.
It is amazing to think that even after trading Shane Victorino, even after trading Joe Blanton, and even after trading Hunter Pence, that even at one-game under .500, the Phillies are still in the thick of the fight for the last Wild Card slot in the National League. They’re just four back of the St. Louis Cardinals, and with the way that the rest of the teams around them have been playing, we don’t doubt that they can get right back in it. They’ve got a man that has really been heating up of late on the mound in Cliff Lee on Monday, and that’s probably a great sign. Lee really appeared to be showing his age at the outset of this season, as even just a month ago at this time, he was just 2-7 with a 3.83 ERA. Over these last four starts though, the lefty has looked a lot more like the old Cliff Lee. He is 3-0, and the team is 4-0 in those games, and he has allowed a total of just three earned runs. Lee has walked just two and struck out 23 in that stretch, and opponents are averaging 1.25 runs per game in those four against he and his bullpen.
The Mets are long since out of the discussion, but if they had a bullpen, they’d probably be right in the thick of the fight as well for the last playoff spot in the NL. About the only thing that New York has had to be proud of this way, save for one start by Johan Santana, is the fact that R.A. Dickey might be the game’s Cy Young Award winner. Dickey is 18-5 with a 2.68 ERA, and advanced stats say that, save for Justin Verlander, he might be the best pitcher in the game. How Dickey does it with that knuckle curve is beyond us, but he has 197 strikeouts against just 48 walks this year, and batters are hitting just .224 against him. Make no mistake about it: Dickey is legit. He has five complete games and three shutouts, and he has put together five straight quality starts (though he did take the loss against the Washington Nationals in his last outing). The only thing keeping Dickey from already having 20 wins is that bullpen, which has blown a number of games for him.
Dickey probably has four more starts or so to try to get to 20 wins, and this is the type of game that he could get the ‘W’ in. Lee is a great pitcher and has been doing well, but in the end, the Phillies are still a sub-.500 team, and they aren’t going to win this game more often than not in our eyes. New York 4 – Philadelphia 2
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