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MLB BASEBALL

New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies

If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Friday when the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies meet at Citizens Bank Park.

The Mets will give the ball to starter Daisuke Matsuzaka in this one. Righthander Matsuzaka is 1-3 this season with a 6.12 ERA.

It'll be Cole Hamels toeing the rubber for the Phillies in this contest. Lefthander Hamels is 8-13 with a 3.48 ERA so far this season.

Last time out for New York, they were a 2-1 loser as they battled the Giants at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Giants at -141 were rewarded, while the 3 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

The Phillies were a 4-3 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Marlins. That made winners of bettors who got Miami at +110 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for UNDER bettors.

Team records:
New York: 68-84 SU
Philadelphia: 71-81 SU

New York most recently:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Philadelphia are 5-5
After playing San Francisco are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5

Philadelphia most recently:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing NY Mets are 6-4
After playing Miami are 7-3
After a loss are 8-2

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of NY Mets's last 6 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Mets's last 7 games
NY Mets are 11-5 SU in its last 16 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
NY Mets are 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 6 games when playing at home against NY Mets
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games
Philadelphia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Philadelphia is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games

Next up:
Philadelphia home to NY Mets, Saturday, September 21