Vince Velasquez (5-1, 2.42 ERA) takes the mound for the Philadelphia Phillies (25-19) as they go up against Mike Pelfrey (0-4, 5.49 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers (21-22) in the first of a three-game series at Comerica Park. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 23 and will air on CSPh and FSDT.
In his last start, Pelfrey pitched 5.1 innings, allowing two runs, striking out three and walking one in a 7-2 victory over the Twins. Nick Castellanos (.340, 21 Rs, 8 HRs, 30 RBIs, 1 SB) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run. The Phillies were victorious over the Marlins 3-1 the last time Velasquez pitched. He went 5.0 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out 10 and walking two. Odubel Herrera (.325, 26 Rs, 4 HRs, 13 RBIs, 6 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Phillies, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one run.
The Tigers are a -110 favorite at some shops, while the Phillies are a -110 favorite at others. The total is 8.5.
Pick - PHI
Philadelphia earned its seventh shutout of the season in its last game. Detroit has been shut out four times this season.
The Tigers are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Phillies have a 4-10 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they are outhit, the Tigers are 4-13. The Phillies have a 6-15 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 29th in home runs, Philadelphia has hit 32 this season. Detroit ranks seventh with 56 home runs.
Detroit and Philadelphia both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. Detroit sits at 23rd with 120 this season and Philadelphia ranks 27th with 111.
The Tigers are 20-12 when they hit at least one home run. The Phillies perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 19-8 record.