The San Francisco Giants (52-41) and Philadelphia Phillies (41-53) will continue a three-game National League series on Saturday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 4:05 ET on FOX
San Francisco Giants at Philadelphia Phillies
San Francisco used a five-run sixth inning to capture a 7-2 series-opening victory over Philadelphia on Friday night, as Brandon Crawford was the star of the show in registering a career-high five RBIs. The Giants have won six of seven since the All-Star break, as they continue to lead the NL West division by 2.5 games. It’s important to note that the club has won four of its last five contests inside this ballpark. San Francisco is 19-9 versus left-handed starters, but an even 8-8 as a road underdog of +100 to +125.
Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain (10-3, 2.56 ERA) earned his first victory since June 18 in his last effort, picking up a 3-2 home win over the Houston Astros, allowing two runs (one earned) and five hits over 6.1 innings. The right-hander is 5-1 with a 3.28 ERA in nine road outings, surrendering seven home runs in 57.2 frames. In eight career starts versus the Phillies, Cain has registered a losing 1-4 record and 3.42 ERA, but tossed nine shutout innings against them at home in a no-decision effort on April 18.
Philadelphia is suffering through a dreadful season and continues to play poorly in front of the home faithful, entering this contest with an NL-worst 17-28 mark at Citizens Bank Park. “It is what it is right now,” commented Phillies pitcher Vance Worley. The Phillies were hoping the return of first baseman Ryan Howard and second baseman Chase Utley would turn the season around, but it just hasn’t happened. One player that has benefited is outfielder Hunter Pence, who is batting .450 with a home run and 11 RBIs since June 28. Philadelphia is 1-5 at home with a money line of -100 to -125.
Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels (11-4, 3.07 ERA) picked up his first win since June 19 in his last start, earning a 5-1 road victory over the Colorado Rockies, giving up one run and six hits over eight frames. The right-hander is 5-3 with a 2.76 ERA in nine home outings, with opposing hitters batting .228 against him. In 10 career starts versus the Giants, Hamels has produced a 5-3 record and 3.95 ERA, including a 1-1 mark and 1.62 ERA in two outings last year.
Sports bettors will likely back the Giants due to their 4-1 mark in Cain’s last five starts as a road underdog of +110 to +150, while the Phillies are 3-13 in Hamel’s last 16 efforts on Saturday.
Pick: San Francisco Giants +118
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