In the second of a three-game series between the San Diego Padres (52-57) and the Philadelphia Phillies (42-67) at Petco Park, Tyson Ross (8-8, 3.37 ERA) and Adam Morgan (2-3, 4.46 ERA) take the mound. The Phillies won the last game 4-3 and Philadelphia leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 8:40 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 8 and will air on CSPh and FSSD.
In his most recent outing, Ross pitched 6.0 innings, giving up two runs (one unearned), striking out five and walking two in a 13-5 victory over the Brewers. The Phillies were unsuccessful to the Braves 6-2 the last time Morgan pitched. He went 5.0 innings, allowing four runs, striking out one and walking three. Maikel Franco (.286, 42 Rs, 12 HRs, 47 RBIs, 1 SB) has been hitting the ball well for the Phillies, going 2 for 3 yesterday with two runs and two RBIs.
San Diego is a -171 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is seven runs. The Padres are 26-20 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -468. San Diego has averaged 5.0 runs per game over the last 10 games, higher than its season average of 3.9. The Padres rank fifth in the majors in extra base hits with 284.
On the other side, the Phillies have a subpar record of 37-60 when they are the underdog and are -842 overall with the money line. Philadelphia has been playing better lately, averaging 6.0 runs per game, more than their season average of 3.7.
The Padres will take on a left-hander (Morgan) in this game and have a 12-10 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Phillies will be the right-hander Ross. They sport a 32-52 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - SD, O/U - Over
Philadelphia is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games,.
Philadelphia 13-5-1 SU in its last 19 games.
Philadelphia is 8-16-1 SU in its last 25 games, on the road.
Philadelphia 4-1-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road.
Philadelphia 16-6-1 SU in its last 23 games when playing on the road against San Diego.
The Phillies won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Padres are 15-15. The Phillies are 12-18 in close games this season.
Philadelphia has won 38% (20-33) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, San Diego has won 55% (27-22) of its games when taking a late lead.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Phillies are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Padres have a 2-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the Phillies are 25-9. The Padres have a 38-10 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 26th, Philadelphia sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 405 this season. San Diego ranks in the bottom half at 20th with 428.
San Diego and Philadelphia both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. San Diego sits at 21st with 279 this season and Philadelphia ranks 28th with 247.
The Padres are 35-21 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Phillies are 26-28 when they hit at least one homer.