20* NL Friday No-Doubt Rout on Philadelphia Phillies -116
Philadelphia vs. St. Louis,
05/25/2012 20:15 EDT,
Score: 5 - 3
Money Line: -116 Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Phillies remember getting knocked out by the St. Louis Cardinals in the playoffs last season. They certainly want revenge all year long, and they got a taste of it last night with a 10-9 victory in Game 1 of this series.
Don't expect the Cardinals to put up anywhere near 9 runs tonight against Cliff Lee. The veteran left-hander continues to dominate this season. He has posted a 2.66 ERA and 0.864 WHIP through six starts this season, including a 0.56 ERA and 0.687 WHIP in two road starts. Lee is 3-2 with a 2.48 ERA in five career starts against St. Louis.
Kyle Lohse is off to a solid start as usual, but this guy always seems to struggle as the season goes on. That has been the case in his last two starts as Lohse has given up 8 earned runs and 21 base runners over 12 1/3 innings against the Cubs and Dodgers.
The Phillies are 6-0 in their last 6 vs. National League Central. Philly is 5-0 in their last 5 road games with the total set at 7.0-8.5. The Phillies are 4-0 in Lee's last 4 starts as a road favorite of -110 to -150. The Cardinals are 0-4 in their last 4 games vs. a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15. St. Louis is 0-4 in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. These five trends make for a perfect 23-0 system backing Philly. Bet the Phillies Friday.