Major League Baseball on Saturday night and we will see the Philadelphia Phillies take on the San Francisco Giants in game 2 of their 3 game series from AT&T Park in San Francisco. Free Pick to follow. First pitch is scheduled for a 10:05 PM (Eastern) start time and the game will be televised locally.
Over/ Under: 7.5 O -115
The Phils are just a bad team right ow and it seems as if no one is stepping up. It really showed last night when Cole Hamels was shelled for 9 ERs in the 15-2 loss. The Phils are by far the worst team in baseball and they have gone just 11-35 on the road for the year. The Giants had been struggling of late, but a visit from the Phils is sure to Cure their ails. Still they are just 2-8 in their last 10 games and have fallen to 5.5 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West. The Phils rank 30th in scoring (3.38 rpg), while on the mound they are 29th in ERA (4.79).San Francisco ranks 15th in scoring (4.20 rpg), while on the mound they are 15th in ERA (3.83).
Trends for this game include: The Phils are 16-41 in their last 57 games following a loss and 4-18 in Buchanan's last 22 starts as an underdog, while the Giants are 18-5 in their last 23 during game 2 of a series and 76-37 in their last 113 games as a home favorite of -151 to -200.
Getting the ball for the Phils tonight will be David Buchanan, who is 0-5 on the year with an 8.76 ERA, while on the road he has gone 0-3 with a 9.00 ERA. He has 1 career starts vs the Giants and he is 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA in that start, which was last year.
Taking the hill for the Giants tonight will be Ryan Vogelsong, who is 6-6 with a 4.10 ERA overall for the year, while at home he has gone 2-2 with a 2.63 ERA in 6 starts. Ryan is 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA in 4 career starts vs the Phils.
Pick: The Phillies are a bad bad team and have been outscored 26-2 in their last 3 games. The Phils pitching has been particularly bad of late as they have a 6.62 ERA in their last 10 games, which includes an 8.88 ERA from their starters over that stretch. Those numbers aren't likely to get any better tonight as David Buchanan takes the his as he is 0-5 with an 8.76 ERA and a 1.91 WHIP in his 5 starts this year. He will take on a San Francisco offense that is getting healthier and just put up 15 runs on the Phils last night. The Giant offense did struggle in their prior 6 games, but that was vs solid staffs in New York and Washington. The Phils staff is the worst in the league, so i see the Giant offense continuing to score plenty of runs in this series and the Phils just don't have the offense to compete with that right now, especially vs Vogelsong, who has a 1.98 ERA in his last 4 starts. The Giants as a team have allowed just 2 rpg in his home starts and I just can't see the Ginats not being able to notch at least 5 or 6 runs in this one. Giants win this one easily.
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