The Giants are MLB odds favorites and just stopped a five-game slide with a victory in Philly Friday night. Can Bumsie help Frisco make it two wins in a row Saturday?
Giants-Phillies Saturday Betting Odds
As of early Saturday AM most of the MLB odds market was favoring San Francisco and Madison Bumgarner at around -180 over Philly and rookie righty Severino Gonzalez, with a total of seven runs. The Giants could also be gotten at around -105 giving the run and a half on the run line.
San Francisco took Game 1 of this series Friday night 5-4, getting a tie-breaker homer from Buster Posey in the top of the seventh inning. The victory snapped a five-game losing streak for the Giants, while Philly has lost nine of its last 11 games.
Also, San Francisco is 10-3-2 on the OVERS in its last 15 games, mainly because Giants pitching has been a bit too generous lately. The Phillies, meanwhile, have played four OVERS in a row.
This is the first series matching these two teams this season. Last season Frisco took five of seven games from the Phillies.
On the injury front San Francisco OF Hunter Pence has missed recent action with a sore wrist, and his status for today is uncertain.
Gonzalez (2-1, 6.88) is 0-for-four on quality starts this season. Two starts ago he held Colorado to one run through five innings, but last time out he gave up three runs in 4 1/3 innings against the Mets. Philly is 2-2 in Gonzalez' starts, with the OVERS going 3-1.
This will be Gonzalez' first-ever start against San Francisco.
Bumgarner (6-2, 3.12) owns a string of eight straight starts of allowing three runs or less. Last time out he gave up three runs in 6 1/3 innings against Atlanta, and over his last four starts he's allowed eight runs through 25 2/3 innings. The Giants have won six of his last eight starts.
Bumsie faced Philly twice last season, giving up just one run through 15 innings, with zero walks and 15 strikeouts.
Giants-Phillies Free Picks
We love Bumsie, but we don't like today's price. So we'll go with the Giants on the run line as our MLB pick. Also, these two starting pitchers are a combined 10-5 on the OVERS this season, and with a low total we're thinking OVER for today.