Giants at Phillies - 8/2/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Francisco Giants (61-44) at Philadelphia Phillies (48-59)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)
M Bumgarner (10-6) (2.15) vs. Zach Eflin (3-4) (4.23)
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies / San Francisco Giants --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies begin a three-game series Tuesday night.
The San Francisco Giants could use a win after losing 10 of their last 14 games. The Giants have allowed eight runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 15 games. The San Francisco Giants have an ERA of 3.70 and have lost nine of their last 10 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Brandon Belt leads San Francisco with 101 hits, Buster Posey has 47 RBI and Denard Span has four home runs. Madison Bumgarner gets the nod, and he’s 10-6 with a 2.09 ERA and 170 strikeouts this season. Bumgarner is 4-3 with a 3.27 ERA and 58 strikeouts in his career against the Phillies.
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The Philadelphia Phillies also need a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Phillies have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Philadelphia Phillies offense has picked up lately, and they’ve won five of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. Odubel Herrera leads Philadelphia with 113 hits, Cesar Hernandez has 26 RBI and Maikel Franco has 19 home runs. Zach Eflin takes the hill, and he’s 3-4 with a 4.23 ERA and 27 strikeouts this season. This will be Eflin’s second career game against the Giants.
The Giants are 0-5 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series and 1-4 in Bumgarners last 5 starts. The Phillies are 16-33 in their last 49 during game 1 of a series and 1-4 in their last 5 games following an off day. The Giants are 7-2 in the last 9 meetings in Philadelphia.
With two struggling clubs, I'm going to side with the more talented team with an ace on the hill. The Giants are 33-15 in Bumgarner's last 48 road starts. Have to side with the Giants here against a Phillies club waiting for the season to end.