Paul Clemens (1-2, 4.70 ERA) and Jake Thompson (0-0, 0.00 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a three-game series between the San Diego Padres (47-62) and the Philadelphia Phillies (51-60) at Petco Park. The Phillies won the last game 5-4, and Philadelphia leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 8:40 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 6 and can be seen on CSPh and FSSD.
Clemens pitched 4.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs, striking out five and walking one in a 3-2 defeat to the Reds. Wil Myers (.279, 71 Rs, 21 HRs, 67 RBIs, 21 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 3 for 4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. This is the first time Thompson will take the hill this season. Maikel Franco (.253, 44 Rs, 20 HRs, 66 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with two runs.
Philadelphia is a narrow -110 favorite over San Diego. The Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at eight runs for this matchup. Though the Padres have had a solid season in terms of their overall money line (+250), they've have done poorly as an underdog with a record of 36-56. San Diego is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 97 bases.
In games where it is the favorite, Philadelphia has a 17-13 record and an overall money line of +382. When it comes to issuing walks, the Phillies have the third-fewest in the NL with an average of just 2.7 walks allowed per game.
The Phillies lead the season series, 4-1. The Padres have a 32-48 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Thompson takes the mound. Clemens (RHP) will be on the hill against the Phillies, who have a 39-48 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - SD, O/U - Over
Philadelphia is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 6 games.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 6 games on the road.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games when playing San Diego.
Philadelphia is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing San Diego.
Philadelphia is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against San Diego.
When leading after seven innings, Philadelphia is 24-26, while San Diego is 19-26.
The Phillies are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Padres have a 16-40 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Padres are 36-9. The Phillies have a 34-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 28th, Philadelphia sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 405 this season. San Diego ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 482.
San Diego and Philadelphia both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. San Diego sits at 24th with 306 this season and Philadelphia ranks 29th with 276.
When the Padres hit at least one home run, they are 41-32, well-matched with the Phillies who are 42-30 when hitting one or more homers.