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Philadelphia Phillies vs. San Diego Padres - 8/18/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Diego Padres at Philadelphia Phillies
Date & Time Sunday August 18, 2019, 1:05 PM (EDT)
Citizens Bank Park
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Line
Philadelphia Phillies -109 / San Diego Padres -101 O/U: 9.5
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The San Diego Padres and the Philadelphia Phillies will finish up their MLB series on Sunday.

In the opener of this set Friday, the Phillies powered out an 8-4 win. On Saturday, the Padres scored three in the fourth inning to tie it up and held on for an eventual 5-3 win.

For the Sunday game, the Padres will send out Joey Lucchesi in the start. Across his 127.0 innings and 7-7 record this year, Lucchesi has a 4.25 ERA with 125 Ks and 42 BBs.

San Diego put up 12 hits in the Saturday game. Leading the way was Eric Hosmer with three hits and a run in five tries.

Over on the Phillies’ side, they’re going with Jason Vargas on Sunday. Over 111.2 innings and a 6-6 mark so far, Vargas has a 4.03 ERA with 88 Ks and 46 BBs.

The Phillies could only muster six hits in the Saturday game and couldn’t score after the third inning. JD Realmuto finished with two hits and a solo homer.

The Padres are 37-78 in their last 115 Sunday games and 18-38 in their last 56 in game three of a series. San Diego is 2-10 in their last 12 after a win and 1-5 in Lucchesi’s last six starts.

Meanwhile, the Phillies are 4-1 in their last five overall and 4-1 in their last five home games. Philly is 10-4 in their last 14 after a loss and 5-2 in their last seven Sunday games.

Luchessi has been okay but not great over his last three starts, bagging nine earned runs across 15.2 innings with an 0-2 record in that stretch.

As for Vargas, he came out with a quality start his last time up with two earned on five hits in 6.0 innings. I like Vargas to keep it going here so I’m going Phillies.

Philadelphia Phillies -109

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