San Francisco Giants (19-18) at Philadelphia Phillies (21-15)
|Date & Time||Thursday May 10, 2018, 1:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -136 / San Francisco Giants +126 --- Over/Under: 9
The San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies meet Thursday in MLB action at Citizens Bank Park.
The San Francisco Giants could use a bounce back victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Giants have allowed 26 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The San Francisco Giants have split their last eight games when allowing four or more runs. Offensively, Brandon Belt leads the Giants with 34 hits and 17 RBI while Buster Posey and Evan Longoria have combined for 66 hits and 34 RBI. Ty Blach gets the ball, and he is 3-3 with a 3.60 ERA and 22 strikeouts this season. Blach is 1-1 with a 3.77 ERA and seven strikeouts in his career against the Phillies.
The Philadelphia Phillies look for another victory after splitting their last 12 games. The Phillies have scored 26 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last six games. The Philadelphia Phillies have won six of their last nine games when scoring at least three runes. Odubel Herrera leads the Phillies with 44 hits and 21 RBI while Cesar Hernandez and Maikel Franco have combined for 68 hits and 41 RBI. Vince Velasquez gets the ball, and he is 2-4 with a 5.14 ERA and 38 strikeouts this season. This will be Velasquez’s first career game against the Giants.
The Giants are 5-11 in their last 16 Thursday games, 1-4 in their last 5 during game 4 of a series and 4-9 in Blachs last 13 starts. The Phillies are 8-3 in their last 11 vs. National League West, 4-12 in Velasquezs last 16 home starts and 9-22 in Velasquezs last 31 starts. The Giants are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Philadelphia, 0-4 in the last 4 meetings and the over is 15-6 in the last 21 meetings.
Blach has been more than solid this season, allowing three or less earned runs in each of his last six starts and getting double-digit ground balls in each of his last five starts. Velasquez has allowed three or more earned runs in four of his seven starts and has been rocked at home this season where he has an ERA over six. However, the Giants bats have gone ice cold yet again, something we saw earlier in the season. When this happens, it's hard to back the Giants, as it gets ugly and frustrating. I'll take the Philadelphia Phillies for the sweep at home on the quick turnaround.