At the beginning of the 2019 season, the hype was over the top for the Phillies. Philadelphia signed free agent Bryce Harper for a bank-busting contract. Harper’s arrival caused MLB betting insanity. Indeed, the betting public lost its collective mind and bet the Phils into overlay status. Despite hanging on the fringes as a wild card contender the Phillies are a money loser. Red ink has been a perpetual problem for a team that has failed to meet expectations. By contrast, San Francisco has been digging out from a terrible start. Bullpen production is the key reason why.
Philadelphia Phillies vs. San Francisco Giants
|Date and Time:||Sunday, August 11, 2019, 7 p.m. ET|
|Location:||Oracle Park, San Francisco, California|
|Phillies vs. Giants TV Coverage:||ESPN|
Phillies vs. Giants Current Form and Overview
Now the Giants have an MLB betting record of 56-58. San Francisco has cooled off with seven losses in 10 games. Only one of their last eight have gone over the total. Concurrently the Giants rank 27th for runs scored. Philadelphia has won five of their last nine matchups. Four of their last six have gone over the total. As a result, the Phillies are 59-54. Philadelphia ranks 16th in MLB for run production.
Probable Starter and Bullpen
Right-hander Jake Arrieta (8-8, 1.45 WHIP, 4.41 ERA, 105 K, 133.2 IP) is the probable Phillies starter. Accordingly, Philadelphia has posted three offshore bookmaker wins in his last five starts. A lackluster bullpen ranking of 23rd has been a perpetual Phillies problem. Consider Philadelphia has blown 15 saves this season.
Probable Starter and Bullpen
San Francisco is undecided on their starter for this one. In view of the third-best bullpen in baseball, it may not matter much. Namely, Will Smith (3-0, 27 SV, 2.61 ERA, 70 K, 48.1 IP) has been a top MLB betting asset.
Top Players to Watch
Although it is true that Harper got the hype and cash, he hasn’t delivered a good return. Harper (.249 AVG, .829 OPS, 30 2B, 19 HR, 73 RBI, 65 R) has not produced relative to his contract. Rhys Hoskins (58 R, 24 2B, 24 HR, 69 RBI, .901 OPS) has been the better weapon. In the same way Pablo Sandoval (42 R, 23 2B, 14 HR, 41 RBI, .831 OPS) powers the Giants. Mike Yastrzemski (37 R, 11 2B, 11 HR, 34 RBI, .790 OPS) is another San Francisco asset.
Phillies and Giants Betting Stats
The Phillies are:
- 9-5 in their last 14 away games
- 2-5 under the total in their last 7 road matchups
- 12-8 in their last 20 meetings with San Francisco
- 2-7 under the total in their last 9 games against the Giants
The Giants are:
- 7-4 in their last 11 games at Oracle Park
- 3-7 under the total in their last 10 matchups at home
- 12-3 in home games against the Phillies
- 4-5 under the total in their last nine home meetings with Philadelphia
Phillies vs. Giants MLB Betting Odds Picks
In this situation, the Giants bullpen and home field should be the difference. As mentioned earlier San Francisco owns the Phillies at Oracle Park.
Phillies vs. Giants MLB Betting Online Pick: San Francisco Giants
Phillies vs. Giants MLB Betting Online Score Prediction: Giants 5, Phillies 3
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