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04/13/2011 3:26 PM
PHILLIES: (-180, O/U 7.5) Philadelphia is in their customary role, as they are atop the National League East standings. The Phillies are currently 7-3 for +3.04 this season. The Phillies have been the listed favorite in 8 of their 10 games this year. Offensively, Philadelphia is the only team batting better than .300 as a team, as they are battling an MLB best .328. The Vaunted pitching staff of the Phillies isn't off to the start that so many expected through 10 games. Lefty Cliff Lee is looking to bounceback from an uncharacteristic start, as he only went 3.1 innings. Lee is 1-1 with an ERA of 7.84 and a WHIP of 1.45 this year. The Phillies are 7-2 in their last 9 Thursday games. Philadelphia is 20-6 in their last 26 during game 3 of a series. The Phillies are 6-2 in their last 8 games against a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15. The Phillies are 39-15 in their last 54 games overall. Philadelphia is 39-15 in their last 54 games played on grass. The Phillies are 40-17 in their last 57 games against a right-handed starter. Philadelphia is 35-17 in their last 52 games against the National League East. The Phillies are 4-0 in Lee's last 4 starts during game 3 of a series. The Phillies are 6-1 in Lees last 7 starts. Philadelphia is 6-1 in Lee's last 7 starts played on grass. Philadelphia is 7-3 in Lee's last 10 road starts.
Projected Score: 4 (UNDER-Total of the Day)
Phillies are 25-9 last 34 road games.
Over is 5-1 last 6 road games.
NATIONALS: Washington comes into tonight in fine form, as they've won 4 of their last 5 games overall. The Nationals are 5-5 this season for +1.87 Units. Washington is hoping to get their offense on track, as they are batting just .224 this season, 5th worst in the major leagues. The Nationals lost 12 of their 18 meetings with Philadelphia last season, so this particular series is vital for Washington. Pitcher Jordan Zimmerman has already faced the Braves, and now he gets to face the Phillies. Zimmerman is 1-1 with an ERA of 3.18 and a WHIP of 1.15 to start this season. The Nationals are 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Washington is 4-1 in their last 5 Thursday games. The Nationals are 4-1 in their last 5 games against a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30. The Nationals are 5-2 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series. Washington is 16-33 in their last 49 home games against a left-handed starter. The Nationals are 26-54 in their last 80 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600%. Washington is 6-14 in Zimmermann's last 20 starts played on grass. The Nationals are 2-5 in Zimmermann's last 7 starts against a team with a winning record. Washington is 2-5 in Zimmermann's last 7 starts with 5 days of rest. The Nationals are 6-15 in Zimmermann's last 21 starts. Washington is 3-8 in Zimmermann's last 11 starts against the National League East. The Nationals are 0-4 in Zimmermann's last 4 starts during game 3 of a series.
Nationals are 4-1 last 5 games against the National League East.
Over is 6-0 last 6 games overall.
CARDINALS: St. Louis is right in the middle of an extended road trip, where they've been the listed underdog more often than not. The Cardinals are 2-3 on the road so far this season. St. Louis is 4-7 this season for -5.57 units overall. Offensively, the Cardinals are swinging the bats well thanks to their efforts in the desert. St. Louis is still dealing with the loss of ace P Adam Wainwright. Losing a player the caliber of Wainwright is a huge loss to any pitching staff. Lefty Jaime Garcia is off to an outstanding start this season, as he's pitched 15 innings in his two starts for an ERA of 0.60 and a WHIP of 0.73. The Cardinals are 4-1 in their last 5 Thursday games. St. Louis is 5-2 in their last 7 road games against a team with a winning record. The Cardinals are 57-28 in their last 85 games during game 1 of a series. St. Louis is 9-19 in their last 28 road games. The Cardinals are 2-5 in their last 7 road games against a right-handed starter. St. Louis is 7-0 in Garcia's last 7 starts against a team with a winning record.
Projected Score: 4 (SIDE of the Day)
Cardinals are 16-7 last 23 games against the National League West.
Over is 15-5-1 last 21 road games against a right-handed starter.
DODGERS: (-130, O/U 6.5) Home field advantage has been huge when these two teams meet, as each win last season went to the home team. The Dodgers are currently 6-5 this year for +1.04 units. Los Angeles is 3-1 at home this season, yet haven't been there since their 1st series of the season. The Dodgers have just 31 RBI's this season, 2nd fewest in the major leagues. Los Angeles has a deep pitching staff, certainly the strength of their team. Pitcher Hiroki Kuroda has won both of his starts this season, as his ERA is 1.72 with a WHIP of 0.89. The Dodgers are 5-1 in their last 6 home games. Los Angeles is 8-2 in their last 10 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400%. The Dodgers are 5-2 in their last 7 games against the National League Central. Los Angeles is 5-2 in their last 7 games during game 1 of a series. The Dodgers are 3-8 in their last 11 games against a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15. The Dodgers are 4-0 in Kuroda's last 4 starts against a team with a losing record. Los Angeles is 4-0 in Kuroda's last 4 starts. The Dodgers are 4-0 in Kuroda's last 4 starts played on grass.
Projected Score: 3
Dodgers are 5-0 last 5 games against a left-handed starter.
Under is 15-4 last 19 games during game 1 of a series.
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