In the second of a three-game series between the Philadelphia Phillies (51-78) and the San Diego Padres (62-66) at Citizens Bank Park, Adam Morgan (4-4, 4.43 ERA) and Colin Rea (2-1, 5.52 ERA) get the ball. The Phillies won the last game 7-1 and Philadelphia leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 7:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 29 and will air on WCAU and FSSD.
In his last start, Morgan pitched 3.2 innings, giving up five runs and striking out three in a 16-7 loss to the Mets. Jeff Francoeur (.277, 28 Rs, 12 HRs, 42 RBIs) went 1 for 1 yesterday with one run and one RBI. The Padres were unsuccessful the last time Rea pitched. He did not do well, pitching 4.0 innings, allowing four runs (one unearned), striking out four and walking two in a 10-3 loss to the Cardinals. Justin Upton (.256, 69 Rs, 23 HRs, 71 RBIs, 18 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Philadelphia is a small +100 underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs. The Phillies perform poorly as an underdog with a 45-71 record and have an overall money line of -713. Over their past 10 games, Philadelphia's offense has been playing lights out, averaging 5.3 runs per game, well over their season average of 3.8. Philadelphia's pitching staff has fallen apart in the past 10 games. Its average runs allowed per game rose to 6.4 during that span, compared to its 5.1 season average.
Across the field, the Padres have a record of 32-24 when they are favored and are -474 overall with the money line. Over the last 10 games, they were unbeaten as the favorite with a perfect 3-0 record and 6-4 SU. The Padres are known for their bats, hitting 342 extra base hits.
The previous four games have all gone Philadelphia's way. This game will feature Rea (RHP) on the mound against the Phillies, who have a 38-61 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Padres will be the left-hander Morgan. They sport a 15-12 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - SD, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, San Diego is 33-29, while Philadelphia is 25-37.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Padres are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Phillies have a 14-3 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Phillies are 31-12. The Padres have a 46-12 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 25th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 493 this season. San Diego ranks in the bottom half at 19th with 517.
Philadelphia and San Diego both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. Philadelphia sits at 28th with 302 this season and San Diego ranks 22nd with 328.
When the Phillies hit at least one home run, they are 33-36. When the Padres hit at least one homer, they have a 43-25 record.