Giants vs Phillies: Best bets, TV schedule & betting preview for August 22nd

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Philadelphia Phillies’ Bryce Harper, right, reacts past Washington Nationals catcher Riley Adams after hitting a two-run home run during the fifth inning of the second baseball game in a doubleheader, Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The Philadelphia Phillies exploded out of the gate against the San Francisco Giants last night, winning the opening game of the series 10-4. Now over 5 games clear of the Miami Marlins, the Phils will be looking

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Giants vs Phillies info

Date: Tuesday, August 22nd
Time: 7:30PM ET
Location: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
TV channel: MLB TV, NBCSP

Giants vs Phillies Betting odds

Money line: Philadelphia Phillies (-142) | San Francisco Giants (+120)
Run Line: Philadelphia Phillies -1.5 (-145) | San Francisco Giants +1.5 (-175)
Run total: Over/Under 9 (-110)

Pitching matchup

Taijuan Walker (13-5, 4.03 ERA) vs Kyle Harrison (debut)

Taijuan Walker’s season-long resurgence has been a joy for Phillies fans to watch. He hasn’t allowed more than 4 runs in a game since May 1st against the Dodgers. Maintaining a 4.25 ERA through his last 7 games, Walker has been as reliable as pitchers come and will face a team averaging just .238 this season in what should be a favorable matchup.

Across from Walker will be MLB debutant Kyle Harrison. He maintained a 4.33 ERA through 20 games for the Giant’s AAA affiliates so it will be interesting to see how he fares against an offense this explosive. The odds wouldn’t seem to favor him, however.

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Philadelphia Phillies’ Kyle Schwarber connects for a home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 13, 2023, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Giants vs Phillies Betting preview

The Phillies’ offense has been red-hot recently. Batting .339 over their last 3 games, the Phils have put up 7+ runs in 4 of their last 6 games. Now facing a debuting pitcher, a total of 9.5 feels a tad low given that the Phils covered this total last night by themselves. I don’t mind backing the OVER here at all.

If you’re looking for props – Kyle Schwarber is my main of choice today. Facing a rookie pitcher is always an advantage, but doing so when red-hot is a significant one. He has 3 home runs in his last 5 games along with 4 hits and 6 RBI’s. Schwarber is +330 to hit a home run tonight and -115 to combine for 1.5+ hits, runs and RBI’s.

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Philadelphia Phillies’ J.T. Realmuto, right, celebrates his solo homer with Philadelphia Phillies Bryce Harper during the 10th inning in Game 1 of baseball’s World Series between the Houston Astros and the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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