Philadelphia Phillies vs. Baltimore Orioles - 7/19/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Baltimore Orioles - 7/19/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Orioles at Philadelphia Phillies

MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 6:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

TBD vs. Tom Eshelman (BAL)

The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -163 / Baltimore Orioles +148 -- O/U: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Baltimore Orioles and the Philadelphia Phillies meet in an exhibition game in MLB action on Sunday evening.

The Baltimore Orioles will look to pick up on the decent form they had when spring training was shut down mid-March, sitting with a record of 9-7. Chris Davis looked to be in midseason form, belting a team-high 3 home runs with 9 RBIs and a team-high 9 walks with a .467 batting average. Rio Ruiz leads Baltimore with 11 hits while Hanser Alberto and Anthony Santander each have 10 hits so far in spring training/summer camp. Pat Valaika also has 19 total bases to lead Baltimore in that regard up to this point in the preseason. Tom Eshelman is expected to get the start here and is 1-1 with a 9.90 ERA with 9 strikeouts so far in spring training covering 10 innings in three starts.

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The Philadelphia Phillies took care of business on Saturday against the Washington Nationals, winning the game by a final count of 7-2. Bryce Harper and Didi Gregorius each had a three run home run off of Max Scherzer, while Roman Quinn added an RBI of his own to finish off Philadelphia’s scoring as a team in the winning effort. Phil Gosselin added a double for the Phils while Scott Kingery, Andrew Knapp, Jay Bruce, Ronald Torreyes and Jean Segura each had base hits as well for the Phillies in the victory. Aaron Nola picked up the win for the Phillies after tossing five shutout innings, giving up just one hit while striking out four. The Phillies have yet to announce a starting pitcher for this matchup.

Even without the Phillies announcing a starter up to this point, I have to give a lean to Philadelphia here. These guys are going to have to get used to the rigors of getting back to playing baseball every day, and the Phillies already had a game to shake off the rust and while it is preseason, I still don’t have high hopes for Baltimore, especially with Eshelman on the mound who has allowed 11 earned runs in his 10 innings this season. If that’s a preview of things to come, it’s going to be a long year for the Orioles again, even in a shortened year. I’ll side with Philadelphia on the run line here.

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