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The Philadelphia Phillies will travel to face the San Diego Padres on Friday night in the second contest of a four-game set. First pitch is slated for 9:40 p.m. ET from Petco Park. Coverage will be on each team’s regional sports channel as well as MLB.TV.
This will be a pitching matchup between a righty and a lefty. Aaron Nola will get the nod for the Phillies. MacKenzie Gore will take the mound for the Padres. Nola has a 4-4 record with a 3.11 ERA. Gore is 4-3 with an ERA of 3.64.
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Going into the series, the Phillies were third place in the NL East. Meanwhile, the Padres were second place in the NL West.
The Phillies most recently got swept in a two-game set at the Texas Rangers. The Phillies are 2-3 in their last five games. Before this series, the Padres swept the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-game set. The Padres are 3-2 in their last five contests.
Nola has allowed 67 hits, 11 walks, and 10 home runs, while tallying 99 strikeouts. The Phillies have won the last five games Nola pitched. Gore has given up 48 hits, 24 walks and four home runs, in addition to throwing 61 strikeouts. The Padres are 3-2 in the last five appearances by Gore.
In his last outing on June 18, Nola allowed no earned runs, four hits, one walk, and threw eight strikeouts in eight innings at the Washington Nationals. In Gore’s last game at the Rockies on June 17, he gave up eight earned runs, nine hits, and three home runs in four innings.
The Padres took two out of three games at the Phillies in the last series between the teams from May 17-19.
Heading into the series, the Phillies ranked sixth in slugging percentage (.415), tied for sixth in home runs (88) eighth in RBI (316), 12th in batting average (.247) and 15th in on-base percentage (.317). Designated hitter Bryce Harper, the reigning NL MVP, leads the Phillies in batting average (.326), RBI (48), on-base percentage (.392), and hits (76). Left fielder Kyle Schwarber is tops for the Phillies with 19 home runs and is second in RBI (39).
Prior to the set, the Padres ranked tied for third in RBI (326), ninth in on-base percentage (.322), 14th in batting average (.245), 19th in slugging percentage (.385), and 24th in home runs (62). Superstar third baseman Manny Machado leads the Padres in batting average (.328), home runs (12), RBI (46), on-base percentage (.400), and hits (83). Shortstop Jake Cronenworth is second on the Padres in hits (68) and RBI (41).
The Phillies are favored by 1.5 runs vs. the Padres. The over/under is set for seven runs.
Prior to the series, the Phillies were 34-36 overall against the spread and 17-17 against the spread on the road. For over/under, the Phillies are 39-30-1 overall and 22-12 on the road.
Before the set, the Padres were 38-33 overall against the spread and 13-20 against the spread at home. In terms of over/under, the Padres are 31-38-2 overall and 11-21-1 at home.
Count on the UNDER and the Phillies to cover the spread plus getting the victory.