Tonight, there is a very small selection of games of MLB games, but we have one game in particular that stands out between the Philadelphia Phillies and San Diego Padres:
For the Phillies, Aaron Nola will get the start who has a mediocre 4.18 ERA, but he still has not lost any of his starts, currently 6-0 through 12 starts. Despite the high ERA for his standards and expectations, he is still striking out over a batter per inning and is having the best strikeout season statistically. The problem he has run into is giving up home runs, however, tonight’s matchup against the Padres should lower the homerun potential playing in San Diego, a difficult stadium to score runs in.
On the other side, the Padres will send out Eric Lauer to pitch. He has been solid this year allowing three runs or less, in all but 3 starts. He has been even better at home with a 2.67 ERA. However, the low ERA may be somewhat misleading as he has only pitched six innings or more only three times this year out of his 11 starts. Also, as a left-handed pitcher, perhaps tonight will be the night his solid pitching at home will come to an end. As a team, the Phillies have a .257 average and.438 slugging percentage against left-handed pitching. Compare this to only a .238 average and .403 slugging percentage against right-handed pitching. The Phillies have lost 4 straight, mostly due to poor starting pitching. However, with their best pitcher Aaron Nola on the hill tonight, expect the Phillies to be motivated and get back on track. The odds have already dropped on this one, and we believe it’s for good reason.
Phillies to win @ 1.68/-147