Philadelphia Phillies (43-76; 53-57-9 O/U) vs. San Francisco Giants (49-74; 58-54-11 O/U)
MLB: Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 9:05pm EST
Line: San Francisco -148/Philadelphia +138
The San Francisco Giants will host the Philadelphia Phillies in the third game of a four game series Saturday evening from AT&T Park. The Phillies will send 27-year old right-hander Jerad Eickhoff to the mound, and the Giants will counter with 26-year old left-hander Ty Blach. The season series is tied two games apiece.
Eickhoff Continues to Excel in No Decision Against Padres
Jerad Eickhoff will get the nod for the 22nd time of the season, looking to continue his strong performance as of late. Eickhoff limited the Padres to two runs (one earned) in five innings in his previous start, and finished with the no decision. The 6-foot-4 right-hander has pitched well in five consecutive starts, and is now carrying a 4.33 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP to go with a 3-7 record in 116.1 innings of work. He faced the Giants for the first time of his career in early June and struggled, allowing five runs (four earned) in 2.2 innings and took the loss. Odubel Herrera is swinging the bat well, collecting 12 hits along with five RBI’s over his last seven games, and owns a .360 average this month. The 25-year old centerfielder is having a decent season, hitting .287 with 12 home runs and 46 RBI’s. Herrera has done big damage against the Giants this season, going 5 for 8 with six RBI’s.
The low-scoring Phillies are currently scoring an average of 3.93 runs per game, ranking them down at 29th in the Majors, and feature a .246 team batting average. The Philadelphia pitching has been mediocre, recording a 4.55 team ERA, placing them 20th overall.
Blach Rocked by Marlins in First Loss of Month
Ty Blach will get the nod for the 28th time of the year, looking to rebound from a rough outing. Blach served up six runs in six innings to the Marlins last time out, and was charged with the loss to even his record to 8-8. The rookie left-hander is showing strong potential, and currently features a 4.37 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP in 134 innings pitched. He stifled the Phillies earlier this season, tossing a complete game shutout and recorded the victory. Blach has been pitching deep in the game, logging at least six innings in eight straight starts. Brandon Crawford has been very productive against the Phillies this season, recording a hit in 5 of 15 at bats with eight RBI’s. The slick fielding shortstop is having an inconsistent season, currently hitting .225 with nine home runs and 58 RBI’s. Crawford has only driven in five runs this month.
The Giants are only averaging 3.98 runs per game, ranking them down at 28th in the Majors, and feature a .246 team batting average. The San Francisco pitching has been average, posting a 4.52 team ERA, placing them 18th in the Major Leagues.
The Philadelphia Phillies are:
- 8-23 in Eickhoff’s last 31 road starts.
- 1-8 in their last 9 games in San Francisco.
- 2-8 in their last 10 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400.
The San Francisco Giants are:
- 5-1 in their last 6 home games.
- 4-1 in Blach’s last 5 home starts.
- 4-1 in their last 5 home games against a right-handed starter.
I am siding with the Giants in this matchup. Eickhoff owns a poor 4.73 ERA with a 1-5 record in his 11 road starts this season, and the Giants were able to score five runs in 2.2 innings against him this season. Furthermore, Blach tossed a complete game shutout over the Phillies in his lone start against them, and he has been pitching deep into the game, so he should be able to lead his team to victory.