Philadelphia Phillies vs. San Francisco Giants MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/21/14
San Francisco Giants (54-43) at Philadelphia Phillies (43-54)
MLB Baseball: Monday, July 21, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)
Ryan Vogelsong (R) (5-7) (3.858) vs. Cliff Lee (L) (4-4) (3.176)
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -130 / San Francisco Giants +120 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-BA, CSN-PHI
The San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies meet for a four-game series that begins on Monday.
The Giants took two of three from the Miami Marlins, but have been up-and-down lately by splitting their last 10 games overall. The Giants offense continues to have its hiccups by being held to three or less runs in eight of their last 15 games. The Giants have lost 19 straight games when being held to three or less runs. Buster Posey has nine RBI in his last seven games and Michael Morse has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games. The Giants pitching staff has an ERA of 3.37. Ryan Vogelsong gets the nod, and he’s 5-7 with a 3.86 ERA and has 94 strikeouts in 109.2 innings. Vogelsong is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in five career games against the Phillies.
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The Phillies have lost four of their last five games and have fallen back to 12 games under .500. The issue for the Phillies continues to be a lack of offense, as they’ve been held to three or less runs in nine of their last 15 games. The Phillies have lost 17 of their last 19 games when scoring less than four runs. Marlon Byrd has 10 hits in his last nine games and Jimmy Rollins has nine RBI in his last eight games. The Phillies have an ERA of 3.89. Starting is Cliff Lee, who is 4-4 with a 3.18 ERA and has 61 strikeouts in 68 innings. Lee is 5-0 with a 0.88 ERA in six career starts against the Giants.
The Giants are 5-1 in Vogelsongs last 6 road starts and 0-4 in Vogelsongs last 4 starts overall. The Phillies are 4-0 in Lees last 4 starts vs. National League West and 1-5 in Lees last 6 home starts. The Giants are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Philadelphia.
You see Lee's career numbers against the Giants? It's tough to pick against the Phillies in this spot with that being the case.