The Philadelphia Phillies are on a three-game winning streak and hope to run it to four in Game 2 of their series against the Detroit Tigers. However, Philly fans shouldn’t get too excited as it’s the first time their team has strung together three wins since the first week in May. Philly fanatics are still happier than their Detroit counterparts, with the Tigers 1-6 in their last seven games.
The MLB odds list the Phillies as betting favorites with a -170 moneyline.
Tigers in Rough Shape
The Phillies are having a bad season, but the Tigers look so much worse, with six losses in their last seven games. The team can’t buy a win against the spread (ATS) with a 2-6 record in their previous eight games.
The Tigers cover less than 48% of the time in non-division games and are on an 0-2 ATS mini-slump.
Phillies 8-16 ATS at Home
Coming off a World Series loss, the Phillies have been a massive disappointment and currently sit in fourth in the AL East standings ahead of the Boston Red Sox by 2.5 games.
Tyler Alexander (1-0, 6.38 ERA) vs Taijuan Walker (4-3, 5.65)
Tigers at Phillies
Tyler Alexander: (6.10 ERA on road) (3-12 career record as road pitcher)
Taijuan Walker: (1-0/6.46 ERA vs. DET) (1-0/3.60 ERA at home) (1-1/3.38 ERA last 3 starts) (2-2/7.12 ERA at night)
— Sean Basile (@SeanBazz12) June 6, 2023
The Tigers are scraping the bottom of the barrel on Tuesday, with Tyler Alexander making his first start of the season. The reliever has been downright awful, with six earned runs in his previous seven innings. The Tigers are 0-7 in his last seven starts, and I have zero faith in him, or the Tigers bullpen start, with my MLB picks on Tuesday.
Taijuan Walker is best avoided with MLB bets until he turns a corner regarding performance. His ERA in May was 6.11 and is 6.75 so far in June, with no sigh of relief in sight. Walker allowed three or more runs in three of his last four starts, while the Phillies went 1-3 against the spread.
Chris Bassitt & Taijuan Walker pitched the most innings for the Mets last season.
NY will now face Walker & Bassitt in back-to-back games.
The last time this happened was the 1966 Red Sox facing Earl Wilson & Bill Monbouquette after they were top-2 in IP for BOS in 1965. pic.twitter.com/4ONvKOd8sF
— Greg Harvey (@BetweenTheNums) June 2, 2023
Tigers vs Phillies Head-to Head
The Phillies head into Tuesday with a four-game winning streak against the Tigers, including Monday night’s 8-3 win and ATS cover. The Tigers haven’t won a game in Philly since 2019.
The good news for the Tigers is that Philly struggles against LHPs. But Alexander is an opener and won’t stick around long enough for the Phils to do too much damage. Meanwhile, the Tigers are hitting just .223 against righties.
Tigers vs Phillies Game Information
- Game: Tigers (26-31) vs Phillies (27-32)
- Location Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA
- Day/Time: Tuesday, June 6, 6:40 p.m. ET
- Tigers vs Phillies Live Stream: MLB.tv
Tigers vs Phillies Betting Lines
There is a good chance that both pitchers get their bell rung on Tuesday amid extended slumps. The Over is in a great spot to exploit their struggles and make a bet online on the Over.
Pick: Over 9½ (Ev)
I can’t decide what I like less in this game, Alexander on the bump or betting online for teams using an opener. With this being a bullpen game for Detroit, we can’t ignore their poor 4.02 ERA and 1.28 WHIP from their relievers.
Pick: Phillies ML (-175)