The San Francisco Giants (51-41) and Philadelphia Phillies (41-52) will open up a three-game National League series on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 ET
San Francisco Giants at Philadelphia Phillies
San Francisco had its five-game win streak snapped on Thursday afternoon, suffering a 3-2 setback on the road against the Atlanta Braves. “We have to look at the silver lining,” commented Giants manager Bruce Bochy. The Giants did manage to win their first-ever series at Turner Field, and will now look to take advantage of playing one of the worst teams in the NL. Since 2007, every season series between these two teams have been decided either by a single game or ended in a tie. San Francisco is 4-8 on the road when the total is 8 to 8.5.
Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum (3-10, 5.93 ERA) tallied a 3-2 home victory over the Houston Astros last time out, allowing just five hits over eight shutout innings. The right-hander is 1-6 with a 9.00 ERA in 10 road outings, surrendering 10 home runs in 47 combined frames. In 10 career games versus the Phillies, Lincecum has registered a winning 4-2 record and 3.04 ERA, issuing 18 walks and striking out 71 batters in 68 innings.
Philadelphia is 13.5 games back of the Washington Nationals in the NL East standings, which will likely have the club selling at the Trade Deadline. The Phillies did manage to win four of their six games on a road trip against NL West opponents, but suffered a 5-3 walk-off loss on Wednesday afternoon. “It was a real tough loss,” stated Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon. The club’s bullpen has registered a major league-worst 7.20 ERA in July. Philadelphia is 17-27 at home this season, with the “over” going 24-17 in that situation.
Phillies starting pitcher Vance Worley (5-5, 3.47 ERA) picked up an 8-5 road victory over the Colorado Rockies last time out, giving up two runs and eight hits over 6.2 frames. The right-hander is 2-2 with a 4.07 ERA in seven home outings, serving up five home runs in 42 combined frames. In two career starts versus the Giants, Worley has registered a 2-0 record and 2.25 ERA.
Sports bettors will likely back the Phillies due to their 16-7 record in Worley’s last 23 starts as a favorite, while the Giants are 1-10 in Lincecum’s last 11 games when opening a series.
Pick: Philadelphia Phillies -120
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