San Francisco Giants (19-16) at Philadelphia Phillies (19-15)
|Date & Time||Tuesday May 8, 2018, 7:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -185 / San Francisco Giants +174 --- Over/Under: 8
The San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies meet Tuesday in MLB action at Citizens Bank Park.
The San Francisco Giants look for a bounce back victory after winning eight of their last 11 games. The Giants have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The San Francisco Giants have won 12 of their last 16 games when scoring at least one run. Buster Posey leads the Giants with 33 hits and 14 RBI while Brandon Belt and Evan Longoria have combined for 60 hits and 36 RBI. Derek Holland gets the ball, and he is 1-3 with a 5.70 ERA and 29 strikeouts this season. This will be Holland’s first career game against the Phillies.
The Philadelphia Phillies look for a spark of consistency here after losing six of their last nine games. The Phillies have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Philadelphia Phillies have won five of their last eight games when scoring at least three runs. Odubel Herrera leads the Phillies with 42 hits and 20 RBI while Cesar Hernandez and Rhys Hoskins have combined for 66 hits and 36 RBI. Aaron Nola gets the ball, and he is 4-1 with a 2.17 ERA and 35 strikeouts this season. Nola is 0-1 with a 10.80 ERA and seven strikeouts in his career against the Giants.
The Giants are 3-8 in their last 11 Tuesday games, 5-2 in their last 7 vs. National League East and 4-1 in their last 5 road games. The Phillies are 7-2 in their last 9 during game 2 of a series, 16-6 in their last 22 home games and 4-1 in Nolas last 5 starts. The Giants are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Philadelphia and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Nola has been a very impressive pitcher this season and the Phillies have been one of the better home teams in baseball so far this season. However, this is a pretty price for a Giants squad that's been kind to us all year as underdogs and hasn't lost back-to-back games since April 15-17. Also, Holland has allowed three or less earned runs in four of his six starts and is giving up a .220 batting average, so it's not like he's been horrible this season despite his high ERA. I've been backing the Giants as underdogs all season, and I'm not stopping now just because one blowout loss.