The San Francisco Giants have come to Philadelphia all guns blazing and look for the sweep on Wednesday.
After winning 2-0 and 10-7, the Giants now look to get out the brooms for the Phillies. It should be an intriguing contest at Citizens Bank Park and the Phillies look to save face.
Online sports betting markets have Philadelphia as the tentative favorite, but expect late money to come for the visitors.
Giants Extend Road Winning Streak
The San Francisco Giants have won three road games in a row and playing away from home hasn’t been a problem. They are 6-5 on the road and this team is improving with every game.
San Francisco’s bats got warm when winning 10-7 on Tuesday, but we don’t think bettors will see another offensive explosion on Wednesday. The Giants send Anthony DeSclafani to the mound, who has looked dynamic so far.
DeSclafani is 1-0 with an incredible ERA of 1.06. He has been excellent at keeping runners stranded on base and he has more strikeouts than hits.
“That guy’s a righty killer,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly told MLB.com. “I’d like to have four or five lefties in the lineup today, honestly, with that guy, but that’s now how we’re built.”
DeSclafani made his debut with the Marlins before being traded to San Francisco. He is the Giants’ best pitcher so far, so it has turned out to be a great purchase for the Giants.
Being able to win games on the road is never easy as a pitcher, so the right-hander will be put through his paces on Wednesday.
Phillies Struggling for Consistency
Philadelphia is 8-9 and although the big bats haven’t got hot, pitching has been the contributing factor.
The Philadelphia Phillies have a combined ERA of 3.80, which is much lower than the Giants’ 2.71. One pitcher who is living up to expectations is Zach Eflin, who takes the mound on Wednesday.
Eflin is 1-0 and he has pitched 20 innings for only 17 hits. He has allowed three home runs, but that’s expected playing at Citizens Bank Park.
He is a good matchup against Anthony DeSclafani and he has the experience edge. We don’t think Philadelphia loses anything with Eflin on the mound, which could explain the betting support for the Phillies.
Bryce Harper has lived up to his max contract over the last few weeks. It was a slow start for the former Washington National, but his average is now up to .346 and although low on RBIs, he’s getting on base more often.
Harper is an integral part of the Phillies’ offense, so he needs to continue his improvement. Didi Gregorius is another player getting on base often enough, but despite the Phillies scoring 118 runs in 2021, the starting pitching woes is adding pressure to the hitters.
Philadelphia is 3-4 as a favorite and the Giants are 6-1 as an underdog, so it will be interesting to see which way the market goes on game night.
Giants vs Phillies Betting Trends
The Giants have got the better of the Phillies in recent times. They are 5-1 in the last six meetings, including Game 1 and Game 2 of this series.
However, prior to this series, San Francisco was only 1-9 in the last 10 games in Philadelphia, so it has turned history on its head.
It’s not all bad news for the Phillies, which are 13-3 in their last 16 games as a home favorite and 6-0 when the total runs is set higher than 10½.
Betting trends read better for the Giants, however, which includes a 5-0 record in their last five Wednesday games. Not only do they enjoy playing midweek, but they are also 4-0 in their last four during Game 3 of a series.
San Francisco also bats well against right-handed pitchers, going 6-1 in its last seven.
Under eight runs could be another value bet. We expect a good pitching battle and the under is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings and 4-1 in the last five meetings in Philadelphia.
Giants vs Phillies Game Pick
Value is with the San Francisco Giants to complete the series sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies.
We liked the way the bats got hot on Tuesday and if that continues, Zach Elfin could be in for a long night on Wednesday.
Stringing wins together is important for the Giants as they play well with momentum. There isn’t much momentum with Philadelphia at the moment, which has failed to win consecutive games since beating the New York Mets on April 5.
Getting +110 for a team playing better baseball is good shopping and we expect MLB lines to move with the continued support for the Giants.