The MLB is set up with fifteen games on the board for Sunday afternoon. To finish up the day of action on August 11, the Philadelphia Phillies and the San Francisco Giants will conclude their series. I expect this to be an exciting conclusion to a strong series. This game is set to start at around 7:05 PM Eastern time on Sunday night.
The Phillies have put up a record of 60-57 to this point in the season, which has them in fourth place of the NL East. Philadelphia is battling it out with the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets for the second spot and a potential wild card spot in the National League. The Braves have struggled a bit, which could give these three teams a chance to catch up. The Phillies will look to gain some in the division with a big road win on Sunday.
San Francisco is currently sitting in third place of the NL West with a record of 58-60 so far this season. The Giants are in conversation for a wild card spot as well, but they need to continue to put up a strong finish to the season. San Francisco has hit a bit of a wall, losing seven of their last ten games. The Giants will look to put up a much-needed win to finish out this series.
The Phillies and the Giants have played a tough four-game series so far and I expect a strong finish on Sunday night. Philadelphia and San Francisco both are sitting in spots to make a push for a wild card spot for October’s playoffs. This will continue to help raise the game of both clubs as they try and earn a tough win on Sunday.
The first series of the season was in Philadelphia between July 30 and August 1. Drew Smyly put up a strong start in the first game as he allowed four hits and no runs through seven innings to help the Phillies win 4-2. Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval, and Kevin Pillar all hit home runs in the sixth inning to help lead San Francisco to a 5-1 win in the second game. Cesar Hernandez and J.T. Realmuto both had three RBI’s and homers to help give Philadelphia a 10-2 win to finish the series.
The first game of this series was on August 8. Madison Bumgarner put up a strong start as he allowed one hit and no runs through seven innings. Mike Yastrzemski had three RBI’s and a home run for the Giants as San Francisco was able to coast to a 5-0 win to start out this series.
The second game was another exciting matchup. The Phillies had a four-run third inning, including a bases-clearing triple by Corey Dickerson to give Philadelphia a 4-1 lead. The Giants battled back and had a 6-5 lead going into the seventh inning. Bryce Harper hit a three-run homer though to help give the Phillies the lead back and lead them to a 9-6 win.
The third game on Saturday afternoon once again was a close on. Corey Dickerson got the Phillies on the board early with a homer in the first. Evan Longoria responded with a two-run homer in the bottom of the second. Kevin Pillar added a homer in the fifth inning. Jeff Samardzija allowed two hits and one run through seven innings to help the Giants earn a 3-1 win.
The Phillies and the Giants have gone 3-3 against each other so far this season. Both teams will look to get the edge in the overall series as they play their last game against each other this season on Sunday night. San Francisco has earned two wins in this series off of strong pitching performances and they will need that again if they want to win on Sunday.
Cesar Hernandez has earned a solid 122 hits and 49 RBI’s this season. Jean Segura has put up 119 hits, 11 home runs and 48 RBI’s. J.T. Realmuto has 108 hits, 15 homers and 57 RBI’s on the season. Bryce Harper has earned 107 hits, 22 home runs and 78 RBI’s. Rhys Hoskins has 102 hits, 24 homers and 69 RBI’s, while Scott Kingery has 84 hits and 14 home runs.
Kevin Pillar has put up a strong season so far, earning 106 hits, 14 home runs and 58 RBI’s for San Francisco. Brandon Belt has 89 hits, 12 homers and 40 RBI’s. Brandon Crawford has 84 hits and 48 RBI’s. Pablo Sandoval has 73 hits, 14 home runs and 41 RBI’s, while Evan Longoria has 71 hits, 13 homers and 39 RBI’s. Mike Yastrzemski has 59 hits and 11 home runs on the season.
The Phillies have a much better hitting lineup this season, which means that San Francisco needs some players to step up. The Giants were able to win their two games this series by strong pitching holding the Phillies to few hits. Philadelphia will look for some of their hitters to step up in this series finale to avoid another tough game at bat.
Jake Arrieta will start for the Phillies on Sunday night. Arrieta has posted an 8-8 record throughout 23 starts this season. He has an ERA of 4.41 and a WHIP of 1.447 throughout those starts. Arrieta’s last start came against the Arizona Diamondbacks, where he allowed five hits and two runs through five innings pitched.
Connor Menez will get the start on the mound for San Francisco on Sunday night. Menez has an 0-1 record through two starts this season. In those two starts, he has an ERA of 5.73 and a WHIP of 1.273. Menez’s last start came against the Washington Nationals, where he allowed six hits and five runs through six innings.
Arrieta is a solid pitcher but has not had the best season this year. He will have a good chance to put up a strong start on Sunday though. Menez is only in his second career start and I believe that the Phillies could have a strong night at bat because of it. Menez has not been terrible in his first two starts, but he will be tested in Sunday’s tilt.
I believe that the Phillies have a good chance to finish out the series with a win on Sunday night. Philadelphia has struggled at bat in their losses this series, but going up against an inexperienced Menez, I believe they can put up a strong night. Arrieta could also do well against a weaker Giants offense, which could propel Philadelphia to a win.
BetOnline has San Francisco listed as a -107 against the money line on Sunday night. This gives a slight edge to the Giants. I believe that Philadelphia should be the favorites in this game given the starting pitchers for Sunday’s game. The Phillies have a big edge in my opinion on the mound, which gives them a lot of value. I am taking Philadelphia to finish this road series with a win.