San Francisco at Philadelphia Friday MLB Betting Preview & Pick

Posted by Peter Boysen on June 1, 2017 in

The Philadelphia Phillies (17-34) host the San Francisco Giants (22-33) in the opener of a weekend set at Citizens Bank Park on Friday night. The Phillies are simply dreadful right now, having dropped four in a row and eight of ten. They just got swept in Miami by the Marlins in three games, by a combined score of 21-5. The Giants have not been a lot better, dropping three straight and seven of nine. They just got swept in Washington by the Nationals by a combined score of 12-4.

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San Francisco at Philadelphia Friday MLB Betting Preview & Pick

When: Friday, June 2, 2017, 7:05pm ET
Where: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
TV: WCAU, NSBA
Radio: San Francisco / Philadelphia
Live Stream: MLB.tv
MLB Odds: TBA
Pitching Matchup: Ty Blach (3-2, 3.83 ERA) (SF) vs Jerad Eickhoff (0-5, 4.74 ERA) (PHI)

Why should you bet on the Giants?

Ty Blach has some decent numbers on the season. It is worth noting, though, that his home ERA (1.43) is significantly better than his road ERA (6.45). However, Howie Kendrick is the only Phillie regular who has faced Blach, so he should have the advantage of surprise his first few times through the order. Then there’s the fact that the Phillies haven’t hit well against anyone with consistency so far this season. They went just 6-22 in May and are off to their worst start as a team in 56 years.

Why should you put your money on the Phillies?

Jerad Eickhoff is one of the most talented arms on the Philadelphia side right now, although his numbers don’t show it. He did post a 3.56 ERA in his first five starts, but he hasn’t made it more than six innings in any of his last five starts. Only Aaron Hill of the Giants has ever faced him before, so he will have that element of surprise for the first few innings. The Giants’ offense has not been particularly strong either, so if Eickhoff can bear down, the Phillies could pick up a win here.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

We have a matchup between two anemic offenses. The Giants have the better pitching staff, even if Blach has to give way to the bullpen early, so I’m predicting a 5-3 win for San Francisco.