Baseball Betting Preview: Phillies at Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals logoCliff Lee and the Philadelphia Phillies get the national spotlight on Monday night as they visit the St. Louis Cardinals for the first installment of a brief two-game series (7:05 p.m. ET, ESPN).

Lee (2-3, 3.78 ERA) has pitched pretty well this season but hasn’t gotten much run support. That may change on Monday night as the Phillies face St. Louis pitcher Jake Westbrook (2-3, 6.92 ERA), who has struggled for much of the season.

The Phillies, who have the best record in the National League (25-14), are listed as -146 at and the total is set at 7.5 (under -120). On the runline, the Phils are -1.5 (+110).

The Cardinals are 22-19 and currently sit second in the NL Central, 1.5 games behind the Reds. Although St. Louis will have the crowd its side tonight, the Cards have been merely average at Busch Stadium with a record of 10-9. The Phllies, meanwhile, are 12-7 on the road.

In his last three starts, Lee has pitched well notching 25 strikeouts and a 3.15 ERA. However, the lack of run support has has translated into a 0-1 record over that stretch.

Lee has decent chance to crack that goose egg against a team he has dominated in his career; the 6-foot-3 southpaw has a 2-0 record and a 1.20 ERA versus the Cards.

Westbrook is 0-1 in his last three starts with a 6.14 ERA. The 6-foot-3 righthander has thrown just five innings in his career against the Phillies but managed to record a fat 7.20 ERA.

Here are some key baseball betting stats for Monday’s game:

The Phillies are 7-2 in their last nine vs. the National League Central. The Phillies are 5-2 in their last seven Monday games. The Phillies are 36-15 in their last 51 road games. The Phillies are 9-4 in Lee’s last 13 road starts.

The Cardinals are 4-1 in their last five games vs. a left-handed starter. The Cardinals are 21-7 in their last 28 Monday games.

The over is 5-1-1 in the Phillies’ last seven road games. The over is 4-1-1 in the Phillies’ last six road games vs. a right-handed starter. The Under is 5-1 in Lee’s last 6 starts overall.

The over is 22-8-1 in the Cardinals’ last 31 overall. The over is 4-1 in Westbrook’s last five starts vs. the National League East.

In this series, the under is 5-2-1 in the last eight meetings.

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