The benefit of wagering on sports activities this time of yr is that with a plethora of exercise, chances are you’ll high-quality a mushy line right here or there when you probe arduous sufficient. Two groups who’re starting to get wholesome and make some noise are the Philadelphia Phillies and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Philadelphia Phillies search to push their profitable streak to 10 video games for the primary time in practically 15 years after they wrap up a three-game sequence in opposition to resurgent Tom Glavine and the New York Mets at Residents Financial institution Park on Wednesday.
With a 5-Four win within the center recreation of the sequence on Tuesday, Philadelphia (18-14) has received 9 in a row for the primary time since a 13-game streak from July 30-Aug. 12, 1991.
The streak additionally has allowed the Phillies to maneuver inside two video games of the Mets, who sit atop the NL East and try to keep away from their first three-game shedding streak of 2006.
The Metropolis of Brotherly Love is starting to embrace the Phil’s as each the 76ers and Flyers have been banished from their respective sports activities and the gamers are brimming with confidence. Having received 9 in a row and going through a pitcher (Glavine), you’d assume the Phil’s could be rock strong favorites, however the morning line has the sport a pick-em!
The lefty’s final two outing have been excellent nonetheless and there ought to be some Mets cash to maintain the chances engaging if you’re a Cory Liddle fan. The best-hander will attempt to put collectively consecutive wins for the primary time this season. Towards Atlanta on Friday, he gave up three runs and 5 hits with a season-high three walks over six innings in a 6-Three victory that lifted the Phillies to .500 for the primary time this yr.
He is had success in opposition to his former group, going 4-1 with a 2.15 ERA in 5 outings, putting out 26 and strolling simply 5.
Glavine (4-2, 1.94) will make the beginning for New York on the lookout for his 280th profession win, but in addition seeking to beat the Phillies for the primary time in 10 begins.
Since final defeating Philadelphia on Sept. 19, 2002, Glavine is 0-7 with a 5.82 ERA and opponents have hit .298 in opposition to him. He has dropped his final 5 begins versus them, permitting 24 runs and 35 hits in 29 innings.
Total, Glavine is 24-16 with a 3.77 ERA in his profession in opposition to Philadelphia.
At 40, Glavine is pitching lately just like the two-time Cy Younger Award winner he’s. In wins April 29 over Atlanta and Thursday in opposition to Pittsburgh, the left-hander has given up simply seven hits with 11 strikeouts and simply three walks in 14 innings.
Take the Phillies to increase their streak!
Within the different recreation you have got two groups passing one another within the categorical elevator. The Dodgers are on their approach to the penthouse, whereas Houston is freefalling to the outhouse. LA winner of Four in a row is starting to get manufacturing from their huge identify gamers Garciaparra, Drew and as at all times Jeff Kent.
Then again you have got Astro’s slugger Lance Berkman in a horrible funk hitless in 5 at-bats and is 4-for-20 with no RBIs on the highway journey. Solely 14 of his 36 RBIs have come on the highway. Tonight momentum is within the Dodger’s favourite.
Brett Tomko (3-1, 3.41 ERA) has been excellent in his final three outings for Los Angeles, going 2-Zero with a 1.35 ERA in that stretch. He didn’t win his final outing regardless of permitting 5 hits over seven scoreless innings in a 3-Zero loss to San Diego on Thursday.
“I tweaked a few issues within the bullpen this week, and it labored. I felt extra comfy with my off-speed stuff,” Tomko mentioned. “It will have been rather a lot nicer if we might have come out with the win.”
The veteran right-hander is 4-5 with a 4.90 ERA in 13 profession begins in opposition to Houston.
Spectacular Houston rookie Taylor Buchholz (2-1, 2.16) will oppose Tomko in his fifth profession begin. Buchholz is 2-Zero with a 1.93 ERA since becoming a member of the rotation on April 17.
The best-hander did not document a call his final outing after permitting three runs and 6 hits over seven innings in a 5-Four loss at Colorado final Friday.
You need to seize LA at -110!