Phillies, best 'over' bet in MLB, lose Howard for 6-8 weeks

The Philadelphia Phillies have played over the total in 13 of their last 16 games heading into Tuesday night's action at home against the Washington Nationals

That streak has helped propel Philly to become the best 'over' bet in the majors with a 50-39-1 over/under record. Any $100 bettor would be up $344.51 if they had bet the over in each of the club's past six games, during which the over went 5-1.

The Phillies have averaged 5.1 runs per game over their past 16 contests, nearly 1.5 runs more than their season mark. But Philadelphia’s offense was dealt a huge blow Monday when it was determined that slugger Ryan Howard requires surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee and will miss six to eight weeks.

Howard was hitting .266 with 11 home runs and 43 RBIs prior to the injury.

The Phillies took Game 1 of a four-game set with the Nationals, 3-2.

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