San Francisco Giants at Philadelphia Phillies – MLB April 20

San Francisco Giants (10-6) at Philadelphia Phillies (8-8)

  • Time: 4:05 PST, 6:05 CST, 7:05 pm EST
  • Place: Citizen’s Bank Ballpark, Philadelphia, PA
  • TV: NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports Philadelphia, MLB Extra Innings

Opening Pitch:

The Giants have gone 7-3 over their last 10 which has thrust them into second place in the NL West, 2.5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Giants are in the middle of a three-game set in Philadelphia after setting out the Phillies in last night’s game one.

Philadelphia is 2-5 over it’s last seven as the Phillies took two from the Cardinals before last night’s loss to San Francisco. Philadelphia is 1.5 games behind the NL East leading Mets.

Vs. The Spread:


  • The UNDER has been the play in 12 of the Giants’ last 14 games
  • San Francisco is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games vs. the Phillies
  • The UNDER has been the call in 7 of the last 8 Giants’ road games


  • The total has gone OVER in 9 of the Phillies’ last 13 games
  • The UNDER has been the play in 9 of the last 12 Giants-Phils outings
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia’s last 5 home games vs. the Giants

Last Time Out:

Brandon Belt’s 2-run homer to right field in the third inning was the differences as the Giants took Game 1 of the three-game series from the Phillies, 2-0, on Monday evening. The Phillies turned this game over to the bullpen early after starter Chase Anderson gave up the two runs on five hits while striking out five in four innings. Kevin Gausman picked up his first win with the Giants as struck out five over six innings. Brian Harper went 3-for-4 for Philadelphia.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
San Francisco Giants
+1½ (-160) +130 O 8½ (-101)
Philadelphia Phillies -1½ (+140) -140 U 8½ (-119)

*Odds Courtesy of BetOnline.AG

The Starters:

Logan Webb (0-1, 4.76 ERA) take the mound for San Francisco as he faces Philadelphia’s Zack Wheeler (1-2, 3.00 ERA). Webb has already had a stint on the 10 day DL, but has given up 15 hits in 11 innings pitched in two starts.

Wheeler has pitched into the seventh inning in two of his decisions, so he already is showing longevity. He has also struck out 20 and walked five as he has averaged around 97 pitches in three innings. He is 8-1 with a 2.62 ERA with 11 quality starts in his home outings.

Giants Bats:

San Francisco Giants LogoBrandon Belt is now 4-for-his-last-12 as he has two doubles and two home runs. He started the season only 4-of-26 with only one extra base hit….Evan Longoria leads the Giants with 15 hits and he has hit safely in 12 of his 15 games. He singled and scored last night on Belt’s two-run homer…Curt Casali was the catcher last night as he subbed for Buster Posey who went out of Saturday’s game with a left elbow contusion. Casali did have a hit last night as he currently sits at 2-for-21.

Giants Chat:

San Francisco is trying to get things in the eastern time zone squared away. Since 2017, the Giants are 6-18-2 in 26 series played in EST and are 33-49 over that period when playing in the east….Giants manager Gabe Kapler managed the Phillies and received the usual powdering of boos that the Phillies fans save for generally anybody. Last night, he became the first manager in the history of baseball to put together a 200-200 record in his first 400 games.

Phillies Bats:

Philadelphia Phillies LogoSecond-baseman Jean Segura collected his 200th career double last night in the fourth inning. Segura leads the Phillies with 20 hits as he has four doubles on the season….Bryce Harper is 6-for-7 over his last two games. He hit three singles in last night’s loss…The Philadelphia offense is a travesty right now with so many players such as Andrew McCutcheon, Rhys Hopkins, and Didi Gregorius underperforming. Manager Joe Girardi is perplexed as he has already used three centerfielders this season. Mickey Moniak is the latest to get the opportunity at the 8-position.

Phillies Facts:

Right-handed reliever Connor Brogdon has a scoreless streak of 15.1 innings as he has only four hits and four walks incorporated in those. Brogdon has also struck out 21 batters during that period….Andrew McCutcheon is hitting only .157 this season so far and will be held out of the line up by manager Joe Girardi this evening. McCutcheon is only 3-for-his-last-27 as his offensive woes complement the centerfield issue we mentioned above. Statisticians point to the issue of too many ground balls that do not get out of the infield.

The Bets
UNDER 8½ Runs
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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