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Play on: Boston Red Sox +110
A great game and interesting pitching match up in Philadelphia tonight with the right-hander Aaron Nola (12-5, 3.70) starting for the Phillies and Red Sox' left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (17-6, 3.73) getting the ball first for Boston. Rodriguez has been solid in his last 3 starts and 18 innings with an ERA right at two going 2-1 over that stretch. Nola, on the other hand, has struggled in his last 3 starts going winless with a 5.51 ERA. We expect that struggle to continue tonight in a game with a probable playoff atmosphere.
We last saw both pitchers on Monday. Rodriguez had his 4 start undefeated streak and 6 turn unbeaten run end versus the Yankees on Monday, but still pitched well only giving up one run over six innings. Nola had a rougher time allowing 4 runs, 6 hits, and 4 walks with 7 strikeouts over six innings of a 7-2 loss to Atlanta. Nola has been big at home going 6-2 this season in Philadelphia with an ERA of 3.02, and Boston's roster is 9-55 vs. Nola.
The Phillies are 2.5 games behind the Cubs for the second wild-card spot in the National League and have talked openly about watching the scoreboard to see where they stand during games. Despite the sense of urgency with Philadelphia, we'll still go with the Red Sox tonight and their pitiful .210 batting average in their last 10 games. Look for Nola to struggle and for Rodriguez to shine.