In the first of a three-game series between the Philadelphia Phillies (21-34) and the San Francisco Giants (21-34) at Citizens Bank Park, Jerome Williams (3-5, 5.49 ERA) and Tim Lincecum (5-3, 3.00 ERA) get the ball. The Giants go into this series on a five-game losing streak. The game gets underway at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 5 and will air on CSN-BAY and NBC-10.
Williams has a 4.35 ERA and a 0-2 record in his career against the Giants, and faces a solid San Francisco offense that's hitting .271 on the year. Ben Revere (.269, 25 Rs, 16 RBIs, 11 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 4 with one run, one RBI, and one stolen base. In his career against the Phillies, Lincecum is 6-3 with a 3.29 ERA. He gets a struggling Philadelphia offense that's batting just .236. Brandon Belt (.306, 26 Rs, 7 HRs, 24 RBIs) went 1 for 1 Wednesday.
Philadelphia is a +118 underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs. The Phillies perform poorly as an underdog with an 18-28 record and have an overall money line of -836. They typically aren't overmatched by pitchers, ranking third in the NL with an average of only 7.1 strikeouts per game.
Across the field, the Giants have a record of 14-15 when they are favored and are +253 overall with the money line. The Giants are the top-ranked scoring offense in the NL when playing on the road, averaging five runs per game so far. One of the top hitting teams in the NL are the Giants, who average 9.4 hits per game. The Giants average just 7.0 strikeouts per game, one of the lowest marks in the NL. The Giants are one of the top pitching staffs in the NL, essentially shutting down opponents to the tune of 4.0 runs allowed per game. They also allow just 2.7 walks per game, good for fifth in the NL.
The Phillies will take on a right-hander (Lincecum) in this game and have a 17-27 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Giants will be the right-hander Williams. They sport a 22-21 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - SF, O/U - Under
When leading after 7 innings, San Francisco is 7-7, while Philadelphia is 9-17.
The Phillies managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Giants who are coming in with a 2-2 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Giants are 3-15. The Phillies have a 6-25 record when opponents outhit them.
Philadelphia ranks at the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 30 this season. San Francisco ranks near the bottom at 21st with 43.
Ranking 13th, Philadelphia is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.91 per game. San Francisco ranks in the top five at second with 9.38.
Ranking 30th, Philadelphia is at the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.635). San Francisco ranks in the top 10 at seventh with an OPS of .733.
When the Giants allow at least one home run, they are 14-18. When the Phillies allow one or more homers, they have a 7-24 record.