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San Diego Padres vs. Philadelphia Phillies - 8/16/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Philadelphia Phillies (43-73) at San Diego Padres (52-66)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 3:40 pm (PETCO Park)

Nick Pivetta (4-7) (6.09) vs. C Richard (5-12) (5.14)

The Line: San Diego Padres -126 / Philadelphia Phillies +116 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSSD, CSPH

Out at Petco Park on Wednesday, the Philadelphia Phillies and the San Diego Padres will be finishing up their MLB series. 

In the Monday opener, the Padres secured a 7-4 win. On Tuesday, the Padres scored four runs in the fifth inning on the way to an 8-4 victory. 

San Diego Padres vs. Philadelphia Phillies - 8/16/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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For the Wednesday game, the Phillies will be sending out RHP Nick Pivetta. In his 88.2 innings and 4-7 record this year, Pivetta has a 6.09 ERA with 88 Ks and 37 BBs. 

The Phillies have some solid bats this year. Odubel Herrera came into Tuesday with 125 hits, 51 runs, 12 homers and 46 RBI while Freddy Galvis had 114 hits, 49 runs, 11 homers and 49 RBI. Gals came up empty Tuesday; Herrera is fighting off a hamstring issue. 

Over on the Padres side, they’re going with LHP Clayton Richard in the start on Wednesday. In his 145.1 innings and 5-12 record this year, Richard has a 5.14 ERA with 105 Ks and 44 BBs. 

San Diego has a few notable hitters also. Wil Myers entered game two of the series with 101 hits, 59 runs, 24 homers and 58 RBI, while Manuel Margot had 92 hits, 36 runs, 12 homers and 30 RBI. In Tuesday’s game, Margot whiffed 0-for-4, while Myers plated a run. 

The Phillies are 8-1 in their last nine during game three of a series, and 5-14 in their last 19 Wednesday games. Philadelphia is also 3-7 in Pivetta’s last 10 road starts and 2-5 in Pivetta’s last seven starts. 

Meanwhile, the Padres are 17-35 in their last 52 during game three of a series and 1-5 in Richard’s last six starts. San Diego is also 0-5 in Richard’s last five starts in game three of a series and 0-5 in Richard’s last five home starts. 

It’s been a tough couple of starts for Pivetta. In his last two, he’s given up 11 earned over a span of 7.1 innings. As for Richard, he’s been pretty good over his last two starts, giving up three earned in a span of 12.0 innings on 13 hits. I really can’t trust Pivetta for much of anything right now, so this looks like a decent opportunity for the Padres to capitalize and get a win if the offense cooperates. Give me San Diego.

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