San Francisco Giants vs. Philadelphia Phillies
After taking two of three games last week in Philadelphia, the San Francisco Giants are in danger of being swept by the Philadelphia Phillies at home on Sunday. The Giants are -145 favorites over the Phillies with an over/under run total set at 6.5.
The San Francisco Giants are in a struggle atop the N.L. West and though they are very much in it, they are very much in danger of hitting the stretch drive as the chasers as opposed to the team being chased. On Saturday Pablo Sandoval homered and had two hits, Jeff Keppinger had two hits, and Nick Schierholtz had a pinch hit but the Giants managed just one run off of seven hits for the game. On the mound starter Matt Cain allowed three hits and two runs, one of them earned, while striking out eight over eight innings of work to take his eighth loss of the season. On Sunday San Francisco looks to salvage a win as they send Tim Lincecum to the hill though he has lost two of his last three starts. For the season Lincecum has allowed 117 hits and 46 earned runs while striking out 160 in 149.1 innings of work.
The Philadelphia Phillies have gotten even for the way the Giants treated them last week at home as they have gone into AT&T Park and dominated this series from the start. On Saturday Hunter Pence had two hits and an RBI and Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins scored runs as the Phillies five hits and two runs were good enough. On the mound starting pitcher Cole Hamels allowed seven hits and a run while striking out five for the complete game win, his 13th win of the season. On Sunday Philadelphia goes for the sweep as they send Roy Oswalt to the mound for the first time since returning from the D.L. Before going on the disabled list Oswalt had allowed 77 hits and 30 earned runs while striking out 42 in 71.1 innings of work.
San Francisco is 1-5 in their last six home games, 1-8 in their last nine games overall, and 14-4 in Lincecum’s last 18 starts against a team with a winning record. Philadelphia is 8-0 in their last eight road games, 38-14 in their last 52 games overall, and 1-5 in Oswalt’s last six road starts. San Francisco is 5-1 in the last six Lincecum Vs. Oswalt match ups.
I just can’t see much offense in this one as Oswalt should be better than he was earlier this season as it looked all along like he had something bothering him and with “The Freak”, we always see a ton of strikeouts which always bail him out of a jam. Take the under 6.5 here.