MLB Picks: Chicago White Sox vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Jeff GrantContributor IJuly 12, 2013

MLB Picks: Chicago White Sox vs. Philadelphia Phillies

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    The Philadelphia Phillies are hitting just .228 at home against left-handed starters this season, which is important to consider when making your MLB picks Friday, as they open up a three-game series with the Chicago White Sox at Citizens Bank Park.

    Courtesy of SBR Forum, the Phillies are minus-118 favorites in the pro baseball odds, with the total sitting at eight in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this interleague matchup from a betting perspective, while offering up a prediction along the way.

Chicago White Sox

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    The Chicago White Sox took two of three from the Detroit Tigers in their most recent series, including a 6-3 victory as plus-145 road underdogs Thursday.

    White Sox starting pitcher John Danks is 0-5 with a 6.43 ERA in five road starts this season—surrendering nine home runs in 28 combined innings in that situation.

Philadelphia Phillies

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    The Philadelphia Phillies are 5-2 on their current 10-game homestand, while they've gone UNDER the betting total in their last four contests.

    Phillies starting pitcher Jonathan Pettibone is 3-1 with a 2.45 ERA in eight home starts in 2013.

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their MLB picks Friday, as the Philadelphia Phillies have fallen short of the betting total in five of their last seven games as a home favorite.

    MLB Pick: Under 8

     

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