Philadelphia Phillies (-180, 8u -115 LVH Open) at San Francisco Giants: The Phillies have the NL’s second-best road record (10-7) and send ace Cole Hamels (3-3, 3.10 ERA) to the hill against the punchless Giants tonight in Frisco. Hamels is 2-0 lifetime with a 3.80 ERA against San Francisco and whenever a road team is this big (-180) of a favorite, it usually bodes pretty well for that team.
Lefty Pat Misch (0-0, 5.45 ERA) gets the pill for the Giants and is still seeking his first career win in the big leagues. Good luck Mr. Misch, as facing guys in the Phillies’ lineup like Chase Utley (MLB-leading 13 home runs, .350 BA), Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins and Pat Burrell (9 HR’s) is an awful lot harder than pitching to the Giants’ Murderer’s Row of Randy Winn, Aaron Rowand, Bengie Molina and Rich Aurilia.
Lately, the Phillies have played pretty well (6-4 L10) while the Giants (14-20) have played as poorly (3-7 L10) as most people had expected to start the new season. At least they don’t have to deal with Barry Bonds and his monster ego anymore. PHILLIES -180.
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Colorado Rockies at San Diego Padres (-160, 6½o -115) (Cox Cable 96): There have been three 6½ totals posted in MLB so far this season – all involving Padres’ ace Jake Peavy – and they’ve all been stone-cold UNDERS (3-0, averaging 4.66 RPG). The last time the star righty (4-1) faced the Rockies (April 17), the game still only totaled three runs after 22 innings of play! That’s 132 outs and just three runs or a run for every 44 outs. Colorado sends its ace, Aaron Cook (5-1, 2.40 ERA), to the bump. The Rockies are 6-1 this season when the right-hander starts. A true pitcher’s duel should materialize in this one tonight at PETCO Park in what will almost have to be a close game. UNDER 6½.