- The Giants (9-6) sport one of the best ERA’s in baseball at 2.90
- Phillies (8-7) have one of the best home records in baseball (7-2)
- Both starters have limited baserunners with WHIPs of 1.11 or lower
The San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies open a three-game series with a matchup that is as even as it gets. San Francisco is a slight favorite (-115) after the game opened as a pick ’em.
Both teams are coming off a win on Sunday. The Giants are 7-3 in their last 10 games while the Phillies are 4-6.
Giants vs Phillies Schedule
- Where: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA
- When: Monday, April 19, 7:05pm ET
- Watch: Local Broadcast Stations
Giants vs Phillies Odds
Giants vs Phillies Preview
Kevin Gausman (0-0, 3.20 ERA) for San Francisco will face off against Chase Anderson (0-1, 4.00 ERA) for Philadelphia. Gausman sports a WHIP of only .81, and Anderson’s is 1.11.
Both pitchers are much better than the league average in this category. Anderson has struggled with the long ball giving up two homers in only nine innings of work.
San Francisco Pitching Driving Hot Start
The Giants have gotten off to a surprisingly good start at 9-6. Most had the Giants not only finishing at the bottom of the NL West but the entire National League.
The catalyst behind the start has been San Francisco’s pitching staff. They have combined for an ERA of 2.90 and a WHIP of 1.08. They have allowed only 11 home runs in 133 ⅔ innings.
Gausman has thrown 19 ⅔ innings allowing only 11 hits, 5 walks while striking out 18. Gausman did give up two homers in six innings against the Reds in his last start.
San Francisco hitters have struggled against Anderson in the past. In 112 plate appearances, they have combined for an OPS of only .552. Austin Slater is the only hitter with a homer off Anderson, and he is 2 for 8 in his career.
Phillies Different Team at Home
Philadelphia is a totally different team away from Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies are 7-2 at home and only 1-5 on the road. Luckily for them, the series against San Francisco is at home.
Anderson has started two games going nine innings. He has allowed only five hits but has walked five and given up two home runs.
Philadelphia hitters have had some success off of Gausman in the past. The team has combined for an OPS of .771 in 153 plate appearances. Andrew McCutchen, Bryce Harper, and Jean Segura all have a one-home run and OPSs of 1.200 or better against Gausman.
Giants vs Phillies Prediction and MLB Pick:
The line has started to already move in the Phillies’ favor. I would hop on this one before it moves any further.
Phillies hitters have had good success against Gausman, and Anderson has been dominant this season when he is throwing strikes. If Anderson can get his control in line, I really like Philadelphia in this one.
Phillies 4 – Giants 2
- Phillies +101