Severino Gonzalez (2-1, 6.88 ERA) and Madison Bumgarner (6-2, 3.12 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Philadelphia Phillies (21-35) and the San Francisco Giants (31-25) at Citizens Bank Park. The Giants won the last game 5-4 and San Francisco leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 3:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jun. 6 and can be seen on CSN-BAY and CSN-PHI.
Gonzalez pitched 4.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs and striking out eight in a 6-3 defeat to the Mets. Ryan Howard (.239, 19 Rs, 11 HRs, 27 RBIs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. Bumgarner is 2-2 with a 2.57 ERA against the Phillies in his career. He is up against a below-average Philadelphia offense that's batting just .236. Brandon Crawford (.293, 27 Rs, 8 HRs, 38 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
San Francisco is favored (-186) over Philadelphia and the Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at seven runs. The Phillies have recorded an overall money line of -936 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 18-29. Philadelphia has recorded a disappointing 1-5 record as the underdog over its last 10 games. Philadelphia's batters do not strike out very often, with only 7.1 per game.
In games where it is the favorite, San Francisco has a 14-15 record and an overall money line of +253. Offensively, they average five runs per game on the road, which is the best in the NL. The Giants are tough outs for opponents, ranking second in the NL with 9.4 hits per game. San Francisco is excellent at not striking out with just 7.0 per game, ranking second in the NL. Moving on to San Francisco's pitching staff and defense, the The Giants allow just 4.0 runs per game, ranking them fifth in the NL. When it comes to issuing walks, the Giants have the fifth-fewest in the NL with an average of just 2.7 walks allowed per game.
The Giants have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Phillies have a 4-6 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Bumgarner takes the mound. Gonzalez (RHP) will be on the hill against the Giants, who have a 22-21 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - SF, O/U - Under
The Giants won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Phillies are 8-9. The Giants are 11-6 in close games this season.
When the Giants play into extra innings, they have a 3-1 record. The Phillies are 2-2 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Giants managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Phillies who are heading in with a 7-7 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Phillies are 14-5. The Giants have a 26-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 30th, Philadelphia is at the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 175 this season. San Francisco ranks in the top half at 14th with 228.
Ranking 26th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 127 this season. San Francisco ranks in the top half at 15th with 161.
When the Phillies hit at least one home run, they are 11-13. When the Giants hit at least one homer, they have a 21-10 record.