Giants v. Phillies betting preview: Picks and Predictions for Memorial Day

Bryce Harper
Philadelphia Phillies’ Bryce Harper watches his single against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 25, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

My almost father-in-law (a Mets fan), just asked me how much I made on Rich Strike.

‘I did just fine’ – I said.

That’s the kind of guy he is. He remembers things that you should probably forget.

He leans back on his recliner and I almost want to forget about the Phillies. I love the Phillies and I love him. He showed me all the best scary movies when I was 22 and right out of college, and dating his daughter.

He always pulls me back. A Phillies fan compromised by some sort of love. He let me in when I had no reason to be there. I’m thankful I was allowed in his club, the Red Couch Club.

Every morning I think we all think about stuff like that. Some of us think about the Phillies and some of us think about people who have changed our lives. Betting changes people.

Back to Baseball

The Phillies finally said goodbye to the New York Mets, and boy did it hurt.

Through seven games this month, Philadelphia mustered just one win against the division leaders. At 10.5 GB in the NL East, the Phillies are looking to salvage a brutal May by welcoming the San Francisco Giants.

It can’t get much worse.

Pitching Matchup – Monday, 5/31 – 4:05p

Kyle Gibson (3-2, 3.94 ERA ) v. Logan Webb (5-1, 3.54 ERA)

Gibson is fresh off a relatively noble, 2-run outing against the Atlanta Braves, and now he needs to limit the long ball.

This season, the Giants have hit the eighth-most home runs (53) in the MLB, and Gibson’s allowed just four. That’s hopefully some positive foreshadowing.

It’s easy to say, ‘it’s just the Giants,’ but this is where the Phillies need to turn things around. They drew a bad hand in May with fourteen total games against either the Dodgers or Mets.

It all needs to begin with the starting rotation going a little deeper into games because the bullpen has been more erratic than Hayden Christensen’s acting career.

Time to go full Darth Vader ‘Force choke’ in Philadelphia.

Series Spotlight

Bryce Harper has had himself a nice May. Unfortunately, his 1.155 OPS hasn’t translated into many wins (just ten).

Despite 26 fewer plate appearances than the Los Angeles Dodgers Mookie Betts, a couple of good days could keep Harper in the conversation for NL Player of the Month.

Bryce Harper.36832718.7241.128
Mookie Betts.340361126.7361.139

POTM becomes more of a reality with a couple more homers at the Bank. Fingers crossed.

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