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Giants vs Phillies Series Betting Preview

San Francisco Giants vs. Philadelphia Phillies Series Preview/Predictions

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Consider it the calm before the storm.

Can the Giants keep their momentum going in Philadelphia?


Tuesday, September 1, 7:05 p.m. ET

Jonathan Sanchez (6-10, 4.27) vs Cole Hamels (7-8, 4.52)

Some of the numbers suggest otherwise, but I like the Phillies to lay a beating on the Giants Tuesday night. Cole Hamels’ overall numbers don’t reflect the fact that he’s pitched better of late. More importantly, he now enters his best month, September, where his ERA is 2.70. He should shut down the Giants and, even if he doesn’t, the Phillies will give him plenty of run support. Jonathan Sanchez does have a good start against the Phillies this season but he walks tons of batters and struggles on the road (4.81 ERA). Go with the home team.

Online betting pick: Phillies

Wednesday, September 2, 7:05 p.m. ET

Tim Lincecum (13-4, 2.33) vs J.A. Happ (10-3, 2.63)

Tough one to call here, as both guys seem so unhittable right now. We know what we get with the superstar Lincecum; he gives his team a chance to win every time he takes the mound, he shut out the Phillies once already this season and he’s never lost to them in five career starts. He also does a great job keeping the ball in the park, allowing just eight homers in 193.1 innings pitched so far this season.

Though J.A. Happ has been an absolute revelation for the Phillies this season, he does his best work on the road, where he’s 8-2 with a 1.88 ERA. At home, he’s still 4-1 but his ERA is twice as high at 3.77. It’s good betting management to bet under the total in this matchup and you should lean toward Lincecum in the end.

Online betting pick: Giants

Thursday, September 3, 7:05 p.m. ET

Barry Zito (9-11, 3.94) vs Pedro Martinez (2-0, 4.50)

Who would’ve expected that these two hurlers would be pitching meaningful September innings this season? Imagine sports betting online on that happening? If you did, you’re rich now. Pedro Martinez is teaming with Jamie Moyer to form an effective tandem of veteran hurlers. Barry Zito is pitching better than he has in years, allowing three or fewer runs in nine straight starts and sporting a 1.92 ERA over that span.
Strange stat: even though Zito is historically homer prone, he’s allowed just one long ball in 24 innings over four career starts against the Phillies – three of them wins. He’s tough on lefties, allowing just three homers to them this season, and he’s thus a tough matchup for the likes of Ryan Howard, who struggles against left-handed pitchers.

It won’t be easy for him, but it’s hard not to back Zito considering how well he’s pitching right now. Bet on the Giants.

Online betting pick: Giants

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  1. I see the Phils taking two out of three in this potential preview of a future playoff series. I like the Phillies in game 1 and 3 with Lincecum taking game two for the Giants.