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Colorado vs. Philadelphia, 06/20/2012 19:05
Money Line: -137 Philadelphia
MLB FREE PICK: Philadelphia Phillies -137
The Rockies have lost 11 of their last 12 games overall and my money is on that losing trend to continue on Wednesday when they play Game 2 of a three game series against the Phillies. Philadelphia opened the series with a 7-2 win last night. They won't have any trouble staying motivated against Colorado, as the Phillies are currently 8 games back in last place in the NL East. There's no doubt in my mind they are think sweep.
The Phillies will send out Joe Blanton in this one. Blanton is just 6-5 with a 4.86 ERA in 13 starts this season, but he is coming off his best performance of the year. He threw all nine innings, allowing just one earned run on a solo home run. It's the kind of start that can give a pitcher confidence and lead to 3-4 good starts in a row.
It's not so much that the Phillies are starting Blanton, but the fact that the Rockies will be sending out Alex White. They guy is just 2-5 with a 5.56 ERA and 1.522 WHIP in eight starts. White has also really struggled on the road, posting a 6.48 ERA in three starts.
Philadelphia is 38-16 in their last 54 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400, 36-16 in their last 52 games as a favorite of -110 to -150, and 15-3 in Blanton's last 18 starts as a home favorite of -110 to -150. BET THE PHILLIES!