Phillies to Stay Hot at Expense of the Giants

Willie Bee

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 12:35 PM UTC

Wednesday, May. 9, 2018 12:35 PM UTC

Armed with a youthful lineup, the Philadelphia Phillies are favored on the MLB odds to make it three in a row against the aging San Francisco Giants.

San Francisco Giants (19-17 SU, 18-18 O/U) vs Philadelphia Phillies (20-15 SU, 17-15-3 O/U)

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Free MLB Pick: Phillies -124
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

It took the Phillies until June 5th a year ago to earn their 20th win. Philadelphia reached that total a month sooner this time to stay within a half-game of the NL East lead, and aims for No. 21 Wednesday in the continuation of a 4-game series with the San Francisco Giants.

First pitch on Wednesday is 7:05 PM (ET), and tonight’s hurlers are each facing their opposition for the first time in their careers, Chris Stratton (3-2, 3.99) taking his turn in Bruce Bochy’s rotation while Nick Pivetta (1-2, 4.76) gets the ball from Philadelphia manager Gabe Kapler. The Phils are favored in the -125 to -130 range with a 9-run total for the affair.

Both Teams 5-2 Behind Tonight’s Starting Pitchers

Backed by Odubel Herrera’s two blasts and Zach Eflin’s pitching, the Phils struck first in the long set with an 11-0 whitewashing on Monday. Game 2 was more competitive, but the end result was the same as Philadelphia posted a 4-2 decision behind Aaron Nola’s career-high 12 strikeouts and home run power. Bookmaker closed it -175 on the Phillies who beat the Giants for the fourth consecutive time, and sixth in the last eight matchups.

San Francisco has won five of Stratton’s seven starts, and he bounced back from a very ugly outing to pick up the win in Atlanta last Friday with six innings of work and three runs allowed. After not allowing a homer in his first five assignments, the former Mississippi State star has served up three in his last two outings. The Phils won Pivetta’s first five starts, but he has been rocked the last two in losses to the Braves and at the Nationals. The Canadian was sent to the showers in the second inning in DC charged with six runs and coughing up two long balls as a +125 ‘dog on the MLB odds.

Umpire Notes, Final Thoughts & A Free Pick

Following crew chief Gerry Davis behind the dish tonight is Pat Hoberg, the least experienced umpire in the group with four years of service. The 31 year old began 2018 with four ‘over’ winners before calling an ‘under’ in Cincinnati last Saturday, and his two previous plate assignments at Citizens Bank Park also failed to reach the totals.

You probably couldn’t ask for a better night to play baseball in Philadelphia, the weatherman calling for clear skies, temps in the low-70s with very little humidity and a light SE breeze (out to left). My free baseball pick is on the Phils in this one.

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Lets go Phillies clap clap clap clap!

— Phillie Phanatic (@realphanatic40) April 29, 2018

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