Philadelphia Phillies at San Francisco Giants MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/15/14
Philadelphia Phillies (53-67) at San Francisco Giants (62-57)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 15, 2014 at 10:15 pm (AT&T Park)
Cole Hamels (L) (6-6) (2.369) vs. Madison Bumgarner (L) (13-9) (3.222)
The Line: San Francisco Giants -126 / Philadelphia Phillies +116 --- Over/Under: 6 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-PHI, NBC Bay Area
The Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants begin a three-game series Friday at AT&T Park.
The Philadelphia Phillies have lost five of their last six games and are 15 games below .500. Neither side of the ball has played well this season for the Phillies, but their offense has been held to three or less runs in eight of their last 12 games. The Phillies have lost eight of their last 10 games when scoring three or less runs. Ryan Howard has nine hits in his last nine games and Marlon Byrd has an RBI in three of his last four games. The Phillies have an ERA of 3.99, which is 23rd in the majors. Cole Hamels takes the hill, and he’s 6-6 with a 2.37 ERA and has 144 strikeouts in 144.1 innings. Hamels is 6-3 with a 3.53 ERA in 13 career starts against the Giants.
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The San Francisco Giants have lost six of their last eight games and are six games above .500. The Giants lack of offense has killed them as well, as they’ve produced three or less runs in 13 of their last 20 games. The Giants have lost 12 straight games when being held to three or less runs. Pablo Sandoval has a hit in eight of his last 10 games and Hunter Pence has 13 hits in his last 10 games. The Giants have an ERA of 3.41, which is eighth in the majors. Starting is Madison Bumgarner, who is 13-9 with a 3.22 ERA and has 158 strikeouts in 162 innings. Bumgarner is 2-2 with a 2.89 ERA in four career starts against the Phillies.
The Phillies are 3-8 in their last 11 games following an off day and 18-8 in Hamels' last 26 starts vs. National League West. The Giants are 9-3 in their last 12 vs. National League East and 1-5 in Bumgarner's last 6 home starts. The Phillies are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings.
The San Francisco Giants have been brutal lately and Hamels has had good career numbers against them in his career. I like the Phillies in this spot to pull off the upset on the road.