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Mets face Philadelphia Phillies: MLB odds preview and stats

New York Mets

Philadelphia Phillies
68-84 September 20, 2013, 07:05 PM | Citizens Bank Park 71-81

The Philadelphia Phillies look to emerge victorious in MLB odds action as the Mets arrive at Citizens Bank Park on Friday.

New York puts its faith in starter Daisuke Matsuzaka to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 1-3. Getting the ball for the Phillies is Cole Hamels, who owns a 8-13 record on the season with a 3.48 ERA.

View New York Mets vs Philadelphia Phillies Odds and Stats.

The moneyline was hovering in the range of -220 for the Phillies in this one over at TopBet. The over under number was sitting near 7.5 at 5Dimes.

This game puts the Phillies, most recently No. 26 in Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Mets, who rate a No. 25 in the latest survey.

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 Mets endured a 2-1 loss at the hands of the Giants on Thursday, with Jonathon Niese throwing 7 innings of 7-hit ball at Citi Field.

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. Philadelphia lost a tight one on Wednesday, seeing the game get away from them in extra innings and falling by a 4-3 score against Miami at Citizens Bank Park.

How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Philadelphia has baseball's No. 26-rated offensive output, at 8.43 hits per game. The Mets average 8.2 hits per game, good for No. 28 on the list.

Philadelphia owns the No. 26 defense, allowing 3.84 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with New York's No. 19-rated defense.

A few Mets at Phillies trends to consider:
NY Mets is 6-12 SU in its last 18 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Mets's last 7 games
NY Mets is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Philadelphia is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
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
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 6 games at home

Next up:
New York at Philadelphia, Saturday, September 21st