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Philadelphia Phillies vs. San Francisco Giants - 8/3/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Francisco Giants (61-44) at Philadelphia Phillies (48-59)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

J Cueto (13-3) (2.63) vs. Aaron Nola (6-9) (4.95)

The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +183 / San Francisco Giants -193 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds


Over at Citizens Bank Park, we’ve got another installment of the San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies series coming on Wednesday. 

This will be the second game of the set. On Tuesday in the opener, the Phillies took a rousing 13-8 win. 

Philadelphia Phillies vs. San Francisco Giants - 8/3/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


RHP Johnny Cueto will be making the start for the Giants on Wednesday. In his 21 games and 13-3 record this year, Cueto owns a 2.63 ERA with a 1.07 WHIP in 147.1 innings. In a loss to the Nationals his last time out, Cueto put up five innings with eight hits and three earned. 

Taking the swings for the Giants, we’ve got some notable players out there. Brandon Belt has hit 104 times with 51 runs, 12 homers and 52 RBI. Belt smacked a homer with three RBI on Tuesday. Buster Posey has logged 101 hits with 59 runs, 12 homers and 47 RBI. Denard Span holds 97 hits with 44 runs and 31 RBI so far. 

Over on the Phillies’ side, we’ll be seeing right-hander Aaron Nola in the starting role. In his 20 games and 6-9 record this year, Nola owns a 4.78 ERA with a 1.31 WHIP in 111 innings. In his last time up, Nola recorded a win against the Braves with five innings, eight hits and three earned runs. 

Now let’s visit the Phillies hitters for a moment. Odubel Herrera has logged 114 hits with 59 runs, 11 homers and 37 RBI so far. Cesar Hernandez sits on 104 hits with 37 runs and 26 RBI. Maikel Franco has managed 98 hits with 42 runs, 20 homers and 63 RBI. Franco had four RBI on Tuesday. 

The Giants are 3-7 in their last 10 game twos of a series, and 6-0 in Cueto’s last six starts in game two of a series. San Franciso is also 6-0 in Cueto’s last six starts with five days’ rest, and 10-1 in Cueto’s last 11 road starts. 

Meanwhile, the Phillies are 0-4 in their last four game twos of a series, and 1-5 in Nola’s last six home starts. Philadelphia is also 1-7 in Nola’s last eight starts overall, and 0-4 in Nola’s last four starts in game two of a series. 

I can’t find a whole lot of reasons to pick against Cueto here, so I’ll take the Giants for the victory.

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