San Francisco Giants vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Tip-off: Thursday, August 1, 2013 – 7:05 PM ET
Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- San Francisco: Cain (6-6, 4.79 ERA)
- Philadelphia: Hamels (4-13, 4.09 ERA)
The non-waiver trade deadline is now gone as the Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants – MLB teams that online sports wagering fans were expecting to contend yet are toiling below .500 – and to everyone’s surprise remained stable.
Tonight each team will start with not so strong pitchers in Cole Hamels who will try to help the Phillies avoid a 10th defeat in 11 games while facing Matt Cain and visiting the Giants turf.
Philadelphia (50-57) hasn’t finished under .500 since going 80-81 in 2002, but might go that way again. However, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. did not to make any changes as yesterday’s trade deadline passed.
Even with the rumors regarding multiple players, Amaro has stated thing will continue with the Phillies as they currently stand.
According to manager Charlie Manuel he is relieved that he doesn’t have to discuss those rumors any longer. However, soon thereafter, the Phillies were routed by San Francisco’s 9-2, one day after ending its eight-game losing streak with a 7-3 win in Tuesday’s series opener.
By looking at the current MLB odds we can determine Hamels (4-13, 4.09 ERA) and Cain (6-6, 4.79) have both failed to deliver a strong performance this season. However,YouWager experts note that they have both improved lately.
The 29 year-old Hamels has lowed his ERA nearly one-half run over his last five starts by going 2-2 with a 2.57 mark in that stretch. The left-hander allowed two runs and struck out six in seven innings Friday but fell 2-1 versus the Detroit Tigers.
Hamels is tied with former Phillie Joe Blanton for the majors’ most losses, and victories have been difficult to come by when facing the Giants recently as well. The California native is 1/3 with a 4.14 ERA in his last six starts against the Giants, including a loss opposite Cain in Game 3 of the 2010 NLCS.
He gave up five runs in 7 2/3 innings while Cain allowed five in eight frames of the Giants 6-5, 10-inning win July 21, 2012, the last time either hurler faced these teams.
The 28 year-old Cain had a 5.45 ERA through his first 12 starts, but the right-hander posted a 3.81 mark in his last nine outings. Cain allowed one run and struck out seven in seven innings Friday before the Chicago Cubs rallied in the ninth to win versus San Francisco 3-2.mels in the regular season.