The Los Angeles Dodgers will host the Philadelphia Phillies for the second of a three-game set at Dodger Stadium. It’s time to continue our MLB odds series and make a Phillies-Dodgers prediction and pick.
Los Angeles took the series opener by a score of 3-1 in a pitchers duel. The Dodgers improved their record to 40-26 on the season and have won four of their last five home games coming in. Philadelphia dropped to 32-32 and the loss snapped a four-game winning streak. These clubs are red-hot and should make for an entertaining Tuesday night affair.
Here’s how sportsbooks have set the opening Phillies-Dodgers odds.
MLB Odds: Phillies-Dodgers Odds
Philadelphia Phillies +1.5 (-130)
Los Angeles Dodgers -1.5 (+110)
Over 8.5 Runs (-115)
Under 8.5 Runs (-105)
Why The Phillies Could Cover The Spread
The Philadelphia Phillies have been one of the hottest teams in the league over the past couple of weeks. They have won four of their last five and seven of their last 10 games to date. The Phillies have score 4.25 runs per game and that number is steadily rising as they came out of the gates slow in April. They are in the middle of the pack in both offensive and defensive statistics, which explains the mediocre .500 record. Philadelphia is 11-20 in 31 road games this season.
Philadelphia will turn to right-hander Zach Eflin for the second game of this season. Eflin is coming off of a much needed bounce-back performance as he allowed just one run in six innings of work against the Braves in his last start. Despite the improved performance, the right-hander is still looking to earn his first win since May 7th. He is 0-4 over his last five starts to date. Eflin’s struggles shouldn’t last as he still owns a solid 3.89 ERA with 75 strikeouts across 74 innings of work.
Why The Dodgers Could Cover The Spread
The Los Angeles Dodgers have returned to form following an alarming slump in May. The defending champs are now 22-11 at home and 40-26 overall on the young season. The Dodgers have been absolutely raking as a club this season with 5.26 runs per game, which is good for second in all of baseball. The pitching staff allows just 3.85 runs per game as well and the Dodgers are undoubtedly one of the most complete clubs in the Majors. They are 4-1 over their last five home games and will look to build on a win in the series opener.
Los Angeles will turn to young left-hander Julio Urias for the second game of the series. Urias has steadily shown his value in just his first full season in the starting rotation. The Dodgers southpaw is 9-2 with a 3.56 ERA and 85 strikeouts this season. He is currently tied for the MLB lead in wins and will look to take sole possession on Tuesday night. Urias has allowed just 10 home runs and 11 walks over his first 13 starts.
Final Phillies-Dodgers Prediction & Pick
I’m predicting that this result will be very similar to the one we saw in the first game of this series. The Dodgers will send out yet another electrifying arm and the Phillies struggles on the road this season will likely continue. Urias has been so good for Los Angeles and his consistent ability to keep guys off base and keep the ball in the park makes his success sustainable. Eflin, on the other hand, hasn’t been so good lately. His 0-4 record over his last five starts has to be alarming and we shouldn’t expect him to improve in a start against the red-hot Dodger lineup.
FINAL PICK: Los Angeles Dodgers -1.5 (+110)