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San Francisco/Philadelphia over 5 +110:
Things have not gotten off to a promising start in this 4 game set for San Francisco (19-17) who is looking to cut this series deficit in half when it faces Philadelphia (20-15) this evening at Citizens Bank Ballpark. Last night, Aaron Altherr, Carlos Santana, and Jorge Alfaro all belted solo HR's while Aaron Nola improve to 5-1 this season as the Phils beat the Giants 4-2. Nola scattered 5 hits and one earned over 7 innings with no walks and a career high 12 strikeouts, lowering his ERA to 2.05. Hector Neris picked up his 7th save recording the final 2 outs of the game. Derek Holland pitched well for SF allowing 3 runs on 6 hits over 5 innings, but didn't receive much offense behind him. Pablo Sandoval homered off reliever Edubray Ramos for the Giants while pinch-hitting in the eighth and Brandon Crawford recorded an RBI ground out.

Nick Pavetta (1-2 4.76) takes the mound for the fanatics this evening. The 25 year old second year righty has dropped his last 2 decisions including his most recent where he didn't get out of the second inning giving up 6 earned on 5 hits with 3 walks and a strikeout, resulting in a 7-3 loss to Washington. He faces a Giants lineup hitting just .250 overall averaging around 4 runs per contest sporting limited power in their arsenal. Evan Longoria (.238 7 19) is off to a slow start in his first season out west and is just 5 for his last 29 (.172) over the last 8 games despite leading the club in HR and RBI. Brandon Belt (.297 6 17) has hit safely in 5 of his last 6 (.313) and has an OPS of 1.011. Andrew McCutchen (.248 3 14) has also underachieved as we approach the quarter pole, but brings in an 8 game hitting streak (.423) and is still capable of putting up some productive campaigns similar to his days in Pittsburgh. Buster Posey (.306 2 14) leads the team in batting and just recently saw a 6 game hitting streak (.500) come to an end. This is Sandoval's (.255 2 9) second stint with SF but continues to battle weight issues and is in the tail-end of a 5 year $95M contract he signed as a member of Boston several years back.

The Giants counter with Chris Stratton (3-2 3.99) who despite getting knocked around over his last 3 outings has won 2 of them thanks to plentiful run support. The 27 year old righty however rebounded nicely over his last start going 6 strong against Atlanta yielding 3 runs on 6 hits while walking 2 and striking out 6 in a 9-4 win. Stratton is allowing just under 5 walks per 9 innings so while control has been an issue he seems to work himself in and out of trouble. He faces a Phillies' lineup that despite some improvements and upgrades in the lineup continues to look inconsistent as evident by a .238 collective average despite averaging about 4.6 runs per game. Odubel Hererra (.346 5 21) is second in the NL in batting behind Matt Kemp, and has shown stellar production for someone hitting primarily at the top of the lineup. Maikel Franco (.278 6 26) has been moved up to cleanup in the batting order and dividends are being paid resulting in a 6 game hitting streak for the third baseman hitting .360 over that span. Rhys Hoskins (.274 5 23) has been another bright spot in the outfield and at the plate this season though as of late he has cooled off a bit going just 5 for his last 28 (.179) over his last 7 games. Carlos Santana (.173 5 18) has had a difficult time adjusting to NL home cooking after spending his first 9 seasons in Cleveland.

A second opportunity this season at dog money once again could not be passed up. The weather right now has been beautiful in the Northeast with temps around 80 and light winds at game time. While dimensions are fairly challenging to the hitters up to 410 feet straight away the open air aids the ball with good lift and carry especially to the corners at just 330 and to the power alleys. Pavetta and Stratton have shown some quality moments pitch for pitch this season but have also navigated through some rough outings. Both these clubs have been fairly tepid throughout the first month and change but as we progress into spring and summer so will the offense. We look to even up our mark this evening. Best of luck however you play!
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