Philadelphia Phillies vs. San Francisco Giants - 8/1/2013
San Francisco Giants (46-59) at Philadelphia Phillies (50-56)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -136 / San Francisco Giants +126 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-Bay, CSN-Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Phillies and the San Francisco Giants face off on Thursday in Philadelphia as they close out their series.
The Philadelphia Phillies took game one against the Phillies on Tuesday, but on Wednesday the Phillies were never in it. Chase Utley hit a home run, Michael Young had two hits, and Jimmy Rollins had a hit as the Phillies scored two runs on five hits. Starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick just didn’t have it and he allowed eight hits and seven runs over just 2.0 innings to take the loss and fall to 9-8 on the season. For Thursday’s game the Phillies start Cole Hamels, who is having the worst season of his career. For the season, Hamels has allowed 137 hits and 4 earned runs, while striking out 129 over 141 innings for a 4-13 record and a 4.09 ERA.
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The San Francisco Giants have looked like anything but defending World Series Champions, but on Wednesday they blasted the Phillies in Philadelphia. Brett Pill had three hits including a home run, Brandon Crawford hit a home run, and Marco Scutaro, Pablo Sandoval, Buster Posey, and Roger Kieschnick each had two hits as the Giants scored nine runs on 14 hits. Starting pitcher Chad Gaudin allowed four hits and a run while striking out five over 7.0 innings to get the win and go to 5-2 on the season. For Thursday’s game, the Giants start Matt Cain who has had a disappointing season thus far. For the year Cain has allowed 105 hits and 66 earned runs, while striking out 114 over 124 innings for a 6-6 record and a 4.79 ERA.
Philadelphia is 7-4 in their last 11 home games, 1-10 in their last 11 games, and 6-16 in Hamels’ last 22 starts. San Francisco is 5-16 in their last 21 games against a left-handed starter, 105 against the NL East, and 1-5 in Cain’s last six starts. San Francisco is 6-2 I their last eight games in Philadelphia.
These teams didn’t expect to be where they are but the Phillies seem to be even worse off right now as they are reeling so my play is just a lean to the Giants.