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MLB Betting Matchup: Phillies vs. Giants

The Phillies will take the best record in the league onto the field on Thursday as they open up an MLB betting series against the Giants.

Cliff Lee (10-7, 3.14 ERA) will be looking for only his second win in a month when he heads to the hill for the Phillies on Thursday. The lefthander is 1-2 with two no-decisions in his past five starts.

View Philadelphia vs San Francisco Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're going with the Giants in this one, they're listed as moneyline underdogs of +125 on most baseball betting menus for Monday's contest.

Power Rankings:
The Giants - Phillies odds would favor the Phillies if the lines were set according to our power ranks. San Francisco is rated No. 2 in the current National League Odds Shark poll, while Philadelphia is at No. 1 in the National League.

How They Match Up:
At the plate, San Francisco owns the No. 13 ranking for hits in the National League at 8.2 per game. By contrast, the Phillies are rated No. 8 in the same category at 8.6 per game.

Philadelphia brings the National League's No. 1-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Giants' league No. 2-ranked defense.

The Phillies were an 8-6 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Rockies. That made winners of bettors who got Philadelphia at -187 on the moneyline, while the total score (14) was good news for OVER bettors. The Phillies enjoyed an 8-6 victory at the expense of the Rockies on Wednesday, with Roy Halladay throwing 7 innings of 8-hit ball at Coors Field.

Last time out for San Francisco, they were an 8-1 winner as they battled the Diamondbacks at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Giants at -162 were rewarded, while the 9 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. San Francisco looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Diamondbacks, an 8-1 final on Wednesday in support of Ryan Vogelsong at AT&T Park.

Philadelphia Phillies Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing San Francisco are 5-5
After playing Colorado are 9-1
After a win are 8-2

San Francisco Giants Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Philadelphia are 6-4
After playing Arizona are 5-5
After a win are 6-4

A few Phillies at Giants trends to consider:
Philadelphia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Philadelphia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Francisco's last 5 games
San Francisco is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Philadelphia
San Francisco is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Philadelphia
San Francisco is 14-7 SU in its last 21 games at home

Next up:
Philadelphia at San Francisco, Friday, August 5