San Diego Padres vs. Philadelphia Phillies
After losing the first two games of the series, the San Diego Padres look to grab a win as they take on the visiting Philadelphia Phillies.Â The Phillies are -125 favorites over the Padres with an over/under total set at 7 runs.
The San Diego Padres missed out on a chance to gain ground on the Colorado Rockies and the San Francisco Giants who are ahead on them in the National League West as they were shout out for the second night in a row by the Phillies. Orlando Hudson, Cameron Maybin, Will Venable, and Chase Headley all had hits but those were the only four hits the Padres managed and it wasn’t enough to even get a run in. Clayton Richard allowed six hits and two runs while striking out four over seven innings to take his first loss of the year. San Diego tries to rebound in hopes the bats will come out to support Saturday’s starter, Tim Stuaffer. For the season Stauffer has allowed 27 hits and eight runs while striking out 11 in 22 innings of work as he looks for his first win despite a solid 3.27 ERA.
The Philadelphia Phillies are in a dogfight atop the National League East with the Florida Marlins and Friday’s win kept them a half game ahead. Ryan Howard had two hits and drove in both Philadelphia runs, Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco each had hits and Cole Hamels had two hits to help his own cause. On the mound Hamels allowed just four hits while striking out eight over eight innings of work and Ryan Madson picked up the save. On Saturday Philadelphia looks to make it three in a row against the Pads as they start Joe Blanton. For the season Blanton has allowed 24 hits and 14 runs while striking out 14 in 17.1 innings of work.
San Diego is 1-4 in their last five games, 13-3 after losing the first two games of a series, and 5-2 in Stauffer’s last seven home starts. Philadelphia is 4-1 in their last five road games against a right-handed starter, 29-9 in their last 38 road games, and 11-4 in Blanton’s last 15 starts. Philadelphia is 22-4 in their last 26 games in Philadelphia.
If San Diego is going to win one in this series this is probably their best shot. Pitching hasn’t been the issue here for the padres allowing just three and two runs in the first two games and I think their pitching holds up in this one as they end their scoring and winning drought.
San Diego +105 Philadelphia Phillies