Vince Velasquez (8-3, 3.32 ERA) and Matt Moore (7-7, 4.08 ERA) take the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Philadelphia Phillies (50-59) and the San Francisco Giants (61-46) at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies won the last game 5-4, and Philadelphia leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 1:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 4 and can be seen on WCAU and CSBA.
Velasquez pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs, striking out five and walking two in a 2-1 defeat to the Braves. Maikel Franco (.259, 42 Rs, 20 HRs, 66 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 6 with three RBIs.
San Francisco takes on Philadelphia as a -126 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at eight runs. The Phillies have an overall money line of +482 and a record as the underdog of 33-46.
Over in the other dugout, San Francisco is coming in with an overall money line of +111 and an impressive record of 45-25 as the favorite. They played poorly as the favorite over their last 10 games with a 2-5 record and a 3-7 record SU. San Francisco is excellent at making contact with an NL-low 6.7 per game. Moving on to San Francisco's pitching staff and defense, the Giants allow just 4.1 runs per game, ranking them fifth in the NL. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Giants are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.228 for the season.
The Phillies lead the season series, 3-2. The Phillies have an 11-11 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Moore takes the mound. Velasquez (RHP) will be on the hill against the Giants, who have a 37-33 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - SF, O/U - Over
The Giants lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Phillies are 21-14. The Giants are also 21-14 in close games this season.
The Phillies are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Giants have a 14-21 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
It looks like the Phillies have a slight leg up on the Giants, as the Phillies have won their last two games while the Giants have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Giants are 42-10. The Phillies have a 34-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 28th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 398 this season. San Francisco ranks in the top half at 14th with 485.
Ranking 28th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 268 this season. San Francisco ranks in the top five at fourth with 386.
The Phillies are 41-30 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Giants are 38-22 when they hit at least one homer.