It must be a strange feeling for a pitcher to go to the mound and not know whether it is going to be the last game he plays for his current club. But that seems to be the situation regarding Cole Hamels, who performs for the lowly Philadelphia Phillies and thus is a very likely candidate to be dealt away by the trade deadline. That's because he is one of the few players on the current roster who has some value in a scenario like that.
Hamels will take the mound on Friday night for the worst road team in the major leagues, and he will be opposed by Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants, a team that, as BetAnySports customers know, has lately been almost as anemic as the guys from the City of Brotherly Love.
In this rare matchup between pitchers who have won the World Series Most Valuable Player award (which only happened twice in the last 11 years), each of these southpaws will be looking for more offensive support that they have been getting. And it may come down to who can get a hit or two here or there, which is perhaps the best they can muster.
The Phillies are currently sitting with a record of 29-59, and of course they are in last place in the National League East. San Francisco, which lost 4-1 to the New York Mets on Wednesday, are 43-43, and they have slipped into a tie with Arizona for second place in the National League West, 5.5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers, who just pulled off back-to-back shutouts over the Phillies.
In the baseball betting odds that have been posted on this game by the people at BetAnySports, the Giants, with Bumgarner, are favored in this 10:15 PM ET start:
San Francisco Giants (Bumgarner) -158
Philadelphia Phillies (Hamels) +148
Over 6 runs -115
Under 6 runs -105
Philadelphia thought they might have an opportunity to finally win a road series out at Dodger Stadium, but instead they lost their 12th game out of the last 15 (and 34th road game in 45 tries), getting just two hits against Zack Greinke a day after striking out 13 times against Clayton Kershaw. That's like getting hit with a Joe Louis left took followed by a Mike Tyson right hand. And they are hardly facing a featherweight here.
Bumgarner (8-5, 3.34 ERA) is going to be angry, most likely, as he gave up six runs in his last outing against Washington, prior to finishing the sixth inning. BetAnySports customers have seen that the offense has abandoned him, scoring eight runs in his last five starts.
But for non-support, no one really beats the Phillies and the way they have treated their ace lefty. There is no starting pitcher in the major leagues who has gotten fewer runs scored for him then Hamels. Philadelphia has tallied an average of 2.38 runs for every start he has made. And Hamels, who has a 1.57 ERA in his last three appearances against the defending world champions, also has, at the same time, a 4.61 ERA at AT&T Park, which is his highest at any stadium in the National League. So if you want to lay a run and a half in this game, there might be an opportunity.
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