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Philadelphia Phillies vs. San Diego Padres - 7/20/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
San Diego Padres (40-59) at Philadelphia Phillies (53-42)
Date & Time Friday July 20, 2018, 7:05 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -165 / San Diego Padres +155 --- Over/Under: 8.5
TV Channel
FSSD, NSPA
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MLB | San Diego Padres (40-59) at Philadelphia Phillies (53-42)
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The San Diego Padres and Philadelphia Phillies meet Friday in MLB action at Citizens Bank Park.

The San Diego Padres could use a bounce back victory here in order to snap a five-game losing streak. The Padres have allowed 23 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The San Diego Padres have lost 13 of their last 16 games when allowing more than one run. Offensively, Eric Hosmer leads the Padres with 92 hits and 41 RBI while Jose Pirela and Freddy Galvis have combined for 170 hits and 60 RBI. Clayton Richard gets the ball, and he is 7-8 with a 4.43 ERA and 92 strikeouts this season. Richard is 1-4 with a 2.66 ERA and 23 strikeouts in his career against the Phillies.

The Philadelphia Phillies look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Phillies have scored seven runs in their last three games and five or more runs in three of their last six games. The Philadelphia Phillies have won 10 of their last 12 games when scoring more than one run. Odubel Herrera leads the Phillies with 100 hits and 52 RBI while Cesar Hernandez and Rhys Hoskins have combined for 175 hits and 87 RBI. Jake Arrieta gets the ball, and he is 7-6 with a 3.23 ERA and 72 strikeouts this season. Arrieta is 2-1 with a 2.74 ERA and 20 strikeouts in his career against the Padres.

The Padres are 17-37 in their last 54 games following an off day, 0-4 in their last 4 games following a loss and 8-21 in Richards last 29 starts vs. National League East. The Phillies are 5-0 in their last 5 games following an off day, 3-8 in their last 11 Friday games and 4-1 in Arrietas last 5 starts. The Padres are 4-11 in the last 15 meetings in Philadelphia, 19-40 in the last 59 meetings and the under is 7-0 in the last 7 meetings in Philadelphia.

Richard hasn't been the toughest pitcher in the world to hit, as he's allowing a .250 batting average on the season and has allowed three or more runs in seven of his last 10 starts. On the road, Richard has an ERA of 5.40 and eight of his 11 homers allowed have come on the road. Arrieta has allowed just nine hits and two runs in his last 14 innings, and he's been very sharp at home where he's allowing a 2.53 ERA with an allowed batting average of .214. In 32 career at bats against current Padres, Arrieta is giving up a .094 batting average with 13 strikeouts. Not to mention the Padres can't score. Give me the Phillies for the victory.

Pick:
Philadelphia Phillies -165

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