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MLB Weekend Betting Preview

After getting swept by the Mets earlier this week the Philadelphia Phillies stumble into Florida this weekend looking to turn things around against the Marlins. The Phillies didn't just get swept by the Mets, they were embarrassed in the three-game set. The Mets’ pitching completely dominated the Phillies’ hitters and tossed three straight shutouts. The Phillies’ stout lineup that includes Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jayson Werth, and Shane Victorino couldn't muster a single run in 27 innings against the Mets.

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Philadelphia will try to get their slumbering bats to awaken tonight in Game 1 against Florida starter Chris Volstad (3-5, 4.31). That may be a great matchup for the Phillies because Volstad has lost his last three starts, including his last outing against the White Sox in which he gave up three runs on seven hits in six innings. Against the Phillies in his career he is 2-2 with a 3.21 ERA in six starts.

The Phillies will send Kyle Kendrick (2-2, 5.66) to the hill tonight to try and end the team’s five-game losing streak. Kendrick lost his last start against the Red Sox after giving up five runs on eight hits in 4 2-3 innings. In nine career appearances against the Marlins he is 2-2 with a 6.46 ERA. The Marlins are a -120 home favorite at Bovada in tonight's series opener.

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In tomorrow's game both teams send their aces to the hill as Roy Halladay (6-3, 2.22) gets the ball for Philadelphia and Josh Johnson (5-1, 2.43) goes for Florida. Closing out the series on Sunday will be ageless wonder Jamie Moyer (5-4, 4.55) for Philadelphia and Anibal Sanchez (4-2, 3.23) for Florida. While the Phillies try to rebound this weekend in Florida the Mets will try to keep their hot streak going in Milwaukee against the Brewers.

After taking two of three from the Yankees and sweeping the Phillies the Mets have won five in a row to move two games behind Philadelphia in the NL East. The Mets will also try to keep their shutout streak going with ace Johan Santana (4-2, 3.41) on the mound. Santana is coming off a win against the Yankees in which he allowed only one run on six hits over 7 2-3 innings.

He's faced the Brewers 13 times in his career and posted a 4-3 record and 3.53 ERA. Opposing Santana for the Brewers tonight will be Yovani Gallardo (4-2, 3.20). He's posted no-decisions in his three starts, but he hasn't been tagged with a loss since April 10, a run of eight starts. In his last outing he allowed four runs on six hits in six innings in a no-decision against the Twins.

In two career starts against the Mets he is 0-1 despite a tiny 0.69 ERA. With both teams sending their big gun to the mound the oddsmakers are undecided and have listed both the Mets and the Brewers at -105 for tonight's game.

Looking ahead at the rest of this series, Fernando Nieve (1-2, 5.09) starts for the Mets on Saturday versus the Brewers’ Manny Parra (1-3, 3.54), while on Sunday Mets knuckleballer RA. Dickey (1-0, 1.50) goes up against Brewers southpaw Randy Wolf (4-4, 4.52).