MLB Betting: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Houston Astros Odds & Pick: April 9th 2010
3* graded play on Philadelphia as they take on Houston set to start at 8:05 EST. Houston starts out getting swept by the Giants and have scored just 6 runs total. Now they face perhaps the best 4th starter in the NL in JA Happ. By the way, they have given up 18 runs in those 3 games. Now, the first three games offer little in determining where these teams will finish, but it is clear that right now Houston is playing poorly. Phillies took 2 of 3 from the Nationals and actually left 11 runners on base in their loss yesterday. Phillies are a solid 31-11 (+17.3 Units) against the money line after 3 consecutive game versus a division rival over the last 2 seasons. Our proprietary sports handicapping model and simulator shows a high probability that the Phillies will win this game easily. Jimmy Rollins is off to a hot start and is batting 333 in his career against Houston. Norris is not a dominating lefty and has just 10 MLB starts of experience. Moreover, Charlie Manuel knows how to motivate his troops off a divisional loss. He is 24-8 (+16.5 Units) against the money line in road games off a loss to a division rival as a favorite as the manager of the Phillies. Over the past 3 games, the Phillies are batting 324 and are tied for first in MLB in runs scored with 19. We certainly do not see them cooling off anytime soon. Take the Phillies.