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Old 05-15-2018, 02:51 PM   #1
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Philadelphia/Baltimore over 5.5 -125:
The Phillies (23-16) are coming off a weekend split with the NY Mets with Saturday's game being rained out. Philadelphia has won 5 of their last 6 and begin a short 2 game interleague series this evening at Baltimore (13-28) who after a rough first fifth poll seem to be turning things around as of late capturing 5 of their last 6. The Birds just took 3 out of 4 at home against Kansas City at Camden Yards, and hope to climb out of the AL East cellar where they've spent most of the first quarter this far.

The O's send Nick Cashner (1-4 4.84) to the hill this evening who is looking for his first win since his opening start on April 5th. The 31 year old 9 year righty vet has been mediocre over his last few starts, and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits in 6 innings, walking 2 and striking out 3 in a no-decision against KC that was eventually won by Baltimore 5-3. Cashner has been plagued by the long ball all season yielding 10 in his 8 starts thus far. He faces a Phillies lineup hitting just .242 on the young season despite averaging 4.7 runs per contest. They do have balanced power in their lineup as evident by their 43 collective long balls, a sign that could spell trouble for Cashner. Odubel Herrera (.360 6 24) leads the majors in batting, and has hit safely in 6 of his last 7 games (.542), a stretch that includes 3 HR and 10 RBI. Maikel Franco (.274 7 28) is tops on the club in HR and RBI and has been bumped from 6th to clean-up in the batting order. Carlos Santana (.196 7 27) is nearly keeping pace with Franco in power and production but is having trouble hitting his weight despite hitting safely in 6 of his last 7 (.333). Rhys Hoskins (.268 5 25) has been struggling as of late going just 4 for 24 (.167) over the past week. Cesar Hernandez (.262 4 13) leads Philadelphia with 7 stolen bases only caught twice (78%) thus far.

The fanatics counter with Nick Pivetta (2-2 4.15) who after a rough 3 start stretch seems to have righted the ship as evident by his last outing. The 25 year old third year righty held San Francisco scoreless over 5 innings giving up just 4 hits striking out 7 without walking a batter. He faces a Baltimore lineup failing to take advantage most of the season in potential productive innings hitting just .236 and averaging about 4.2 runs per contest. Manny Machado (.350 13 38) is likely to head elsewhere at or before the trading deadline, as he has been one of the few bright spots in the lineup. The 25 year old 8 year vet shortstop has hit safely in 6 of his last 7 (.357) while tied with Mookie Betts and Jose Ramirez for the AL lead in HR while all by himself atop the RBI rung. Adam Jones (.259 6 20) encountered a 1 for 21 (.048) stretch several weeks back but is currently riding a 10 game hitting streak (.350) looking to get back on track. Trey Mancini (.275 6 16) has also hit safely in 6 of his last 7 (.345), and Joey Rickard (.400 2 5) returned from AAA Norfolk homering twice in a 17-1 rout over Tampa Bay on Sunday. Chris Davis (.170 4 13) continues to struggle mired in a 4 for 28 (.143) slump.

We get another expensive price this evening at a venue that has long benefited the hitters over the pitchers. Despite anywhere from 400-410 straight away in the deeper part of the ballpark, the dimensions favor the ball carrying fairly well especially as the temperatures get hotter. Down the lines it is just 318-330 respectively, and is surrounded by the former B&O Warehouse and Eutaw street evident of it's short porch in right field. Add the DH in this short series to lineups that have some clout and it's going to require some stellar pitching performances from both starters despite a high line with a high price to keep us from cashing this one. Pivetta is going for his second straight quality start while Cashner is just looking to record his second win in an otherwise long season ahead. Best of luck however you play!
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