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Padres vs. Phillies - 8/7/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Philadelphia Phillies (42-66) at San Diego Padres (52-56)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 7, 2015 at 10:10 pm (PETCO Park)

Aaron Nola (2-1) (3.37) vs. J Shields (8-4) (3.74)

The Line: San Diego Padres -169 / Philadelphia Phillies +159 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSPh, FSSD

The Philadelphia Phillies and San Diego Padres begin a three-game series Friday night.

The Philadelphia Phillies look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Phillies have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Phillies have won six of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. Freddy Galvis leads Philly with 100 hits and 29 RBI while Ryan Howard and Cody Asche have combined for 82 RBI. The Philadelphia Phillies have won four of their last five road games. Aaron Nola gets the ball, and he’s 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA and 15 strikeouts this season. This will be Nola’s first career game against the Padres.

Padres vs. Phillies - 8/7/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The San Diego Padres look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Padres have scored seven runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Padres have won five of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Matt Kemp leads San Diego with 105 hits and 59 RBI while Justin Upton and Yangervis Solarte have combined for 97 RBI. The San Diego Padres have won six of their last nine home games. James Shields takes the hill, and he’s 8-4 with a 3.74 ERA and 152 strikeouts this season. Shields is 2-0 with a 6.35 ERA and 21 strikeouts in his career against the Phillies.

The Phillies are 6-0 in their last 6 during game 1 of a series and 3-13 in their last 16 vs. National League West. The Padres are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. National League East and 2-9 in Shields' last 11 starts. The Phillies are 35-17 in the last 52 meetings in San Diego and 49-22 in the last 71 meetings overall.

The Padres need to take advantage of this series if they're going to get back in the playoff race. Shields has allowed three or less runs in his last four starts. I like the Padres to get back on track with a W here. 

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