Philadelphia Phillies (58-53) at Arizona Diamondbacks (56-56)
MLB Baseball: Monday, August 5th, 2019 at 9:40 PM ET (Chase Field)
Moneyline: Philadelphia Phillies (-105), Arizona Diamondbacks (-105)
The Philadelphia Phillies travel to take on the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field Monday night in the first game of a crucial 3-game series. With 8 weeks remaining in the season, the Phillies hope to end their 8 year playoff drought. They currently sit tied for the 2nd wild card spot with the Washington Nationals, and the Diamondbacks are just 2.5 games behind. The Phillies head west to start a 7-game road trip after losing 2 of 3 at home to the lowly White Sox. The Diamondbacks won 2 of 3 at home against the Nationals this weekend, and we believe they will continue their rise in the wild card standings tonight against the Phillies.
Philadelphia Phillies Betting Trends Show Struggles vs Arizona
The Phillies are just 4-12 in their last 16 games against Arizona. Philadelphia will send RHP Vince Velasquez (3-6) to the bump along with his 4.40 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 85/29 K/BB ratio over 71.2 innings. In Friday night's 15 inning loss against the White Sox, Velasquez came in to play left field and threw a runner out at the plate, showing off his stellar right arm. Arizona's starting pitcher, RHP Merrill Kelly (7-11) has a similar statistical profile with a 4.52 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 100/33 K/BB ratio over 125.1 innings this season. These teams have played 3 games head to head this year with Arizona taking 2 of 3 in Philadelphia in mid June. Kelly got the start for the Diamondbacks in the rubber match and got the win 2-0 after throwing 7.2 shutout innings and allowing just 3 Phillies hits.
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