On paper, the Philadelphia Phillies on the road against the San Francisco Giants on Monday should be a pitchers’ duel. The Phillies ace Roy Halladay (eight-time All-Star and two-time Cy Young Award winner) battles the Giants top man Tim Lincecum (four-time All-Star and two-time Cy Young Award winner).
Forget the paper, the Phillies are definite favorites here. Halladay has looked like his typical self so far this season, having allowed just one run in 15 innings. Lincecum has been the exact opposite. He’s coming off the worst performance of his career and has appeared downright mortal overall in two starts. Lincecum will regroup and regain his touch with some mechanical tweaks in his delivery, but this won’t happen overnight. Take the Phillies at 1.85 and pass on the Giants at 1.95.
The Mets and the Atlanta Braves are in a good position to experience a low scoring affair at Turner Field. The Braves talented Tommy Hanson has seen a bit of a dip in velocity, but he’s still pieced together two solid outings, including holding this Mets team to just one run in five innings earlier this year.
The Mets Dillon Gee is not as highly heralded, but he has a track record of success at Atlanta’s stadium, going 1-0 with a respectable 3.21 earned run average in three starts in 2011. Offences for both clubs are below the league average in runs scored and the Mets best hitter, David Wright has a broken right pinkie finger to contend with when swinging the bat. Signs point to going under 7.5 runs at 1.92 instead of the over at 1.88.