Philadelphia Phillies (53-68) at San Francisco Giants (63-57)
|Date & Time||Friday August 15, 2014, 10:15 PM (EDT)|
The Line: San Francisco Giants -136 / Philadelphia Phillies +126 --- Over/Under: 6.5
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The San Francisco Giants and the Philadelphia Phillies face off on Friday for game one of their series at AT&T Park.
The San Francisco Giants are on the outside looking in at the post season sitting a half of a game back in the National League Wildcard race and five games back in the National League West. The Giants are 30-31 at home, 4-6 in their last 10 games, and hey are coming off of a win on Wednesday. As a team the Giants are hitting .243 with Hunter Pence hitting .286, Buster Posey hitting .283, and Pablo Sandoval hitting .280. The San Francisco pitching staff has an ERA of 3.39 with the starters at 3.75 and the bullpen at 2.63. For game one against the Phillies the Giants start madison Bumgarner who has lost two of his last three starts. For the season Bumgarner has allowed 151 hits and 58 earned runs while striking out 158 over 162 innings for a 13-9 record and a 3.22 ERA.
The Philadelphia Phillies are in last place in the NL East and the entire season has been a struggle as they are aging with big contracts and appear to have little relief in site. The Phillies are 27-31 on the road, 4-6 in their last 10 games, and they have lost their last two games. As a team Philadelphia is hitting .242 with Ben Revere at .309, Chase Utley at .288, and Marlon Byrd at .270. The Phillies pitching staff has an ERA of .400 with the starters at 4.03 and the bullpen at 3.95. For game one against the Giants the Phillies start Cole Hamels who appears to have regained his old form. For the season Hamels has allowed 117 hits and 38 earned runs while striking out 144 over 144.1 innings for a 6-6 record and a 2.37 ERA.
San Francisco is 9-3 against the NL East, 1-5 in their last six games overall, and 1-5 in Bumgarner’s last six home starts. Philadelphia is 3-8 following an off day, 1-5 in their last six games, and 18-8 in Hamels’ last 26 starts against the NL West. Philadelphia is 1-5 in the last six meetings with San Francisco.
Hamels has been on a mission and I expect him to come up big once again as the Phillies win as a dog.
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