MLB Baseball Betting: NY Mets at Philadelphia Phillies

MLB Baseball Betting:  NY Mets at Philadelphia Phillies

The second half of the Major League Baseball season gets underway on Friday and what looked like a ho-hum series just a month or so ago now looks very important. The New York Mets are in second place in the NL East tied with the Miami Marlins. The two teams are 6 games back of the Washington Nationals and 6 games ahead of their nearest rival….the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies were arguably the worst team in baseball during late May and early June but they’re currently the hottest team in the division having won 7 of 10. The Mets have won 6 of 10 but that doesn’t accurately convey their form having lost 4 of their last 6 contests. The Phillies play 3 games against the Mets followed by 4 against Miami and if they can take care of business on their home field then all of a sudden the NL East race gets *very* interesting.

The first few games after the All Star Break (or any other break) in every sport can be tricky. It may be less so in baseball than other more ‘momentum’ based sports. Of course from a handicapping standpoint it’s best to just do what you were doing before the break. Every team had the same break so unless you know for a fact that the extra time off was advantageous (an overworked pitching staff getting rest) or disadvantageous (a star player injured in the All Star Game) there’s no real reason to make adjustments.

Pitching matchup between Bartolo Colon who is pitching the way he’s been pitching for as long as I can remember and the Mets’ Jeremy Hellickson. Colon is giving his team the same tough to hit, occasionally erratic power pitching that he’s done for his entire career. He’s coming off his worst game of the season but has otherwise looked impressive. Jeremy Hellickson has been one of the Phillies more dependable pitchers in the first half. The team has a 9-9 record when he starts including a 5-5 record at home. He’s got a capable 3.92 ERA overall. But take a look at his last three starts–strong and consistent. 6 innings pitched in all three games allowing 1 earned run in all three games. Philadelphia won all three. The Mets may be the better team on paper but not sure that the Phillies aren’t the better team ‘on the field’ at the moment.