The San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies are both in the National League wild card race, but heading in two different directions.
An August slump has put the Giants as the final wild card team, just ahead of the likes of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Cincinnati Reds and Miami Marlins, while the Phillies are looking to be playing at its best, now 3.5 games clear of the teams on the outside looking in.
Following Philadelphia's 10-4 win on Monday, the team will look to knock around Giants rookie pitcher Kyle Harrison, who is making his professional debut.
Is it worth backing the Phillies as home favorites? Let's dive into it:
Giants vs. Phillies odds, run line and total
Giants vs. Phillies prediction and pick
Harrison is getting thrown right into the fire for the struggling Giants, as he will face arguably the best offense in the big leagues this month in the Phillies. Philadelphia has the most home runs in August and is tied with the Braves for the highest slugging percentage (.521).
Taijuan Walker has seen an uptick in his walk rate this season after a strong campaign with the Mets, walking nearly four batters per nine innings, but the Giants lack of pop in the lineup is going to ease any concerns.
The Giants are a disaster at the dish this month. The team is 28th in both batting average (.223) and OPS (.630) this month and I don't believe the two are near equals given the current state of both lineups.
Take advantage of these two teams being priced as competitive foes when that hasn't been the case for the better part of a month.
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