Philadelphia Phillies (33–26) vs San Diego Padres (30–29)
Line: Padres +125, O/U 7.5
Game Time: Monday, June 3, 2019, 10:10 PM EST
The Philadelphia Phillies are visiting the San Diego Padres to kick off a three-game series at Petco Park. This will be the first meeting in 2019 but these teams split (3–3) the season series in 2018. Philadelphia hopes to bounce back from getting swept by the Los Angels Dodgers while the Padres lost two of three to the Marlins this past weekend.
Starting Pitchers 6–3–2019
PHI: Aaron Nola (6–0, 4.18 ERA) SD: Eric Lauer (4–4, 4.45 ERA)
The Philadelphia Phillies went up against the best team in baseball over the weekend and fell short losing three straight to the Dodgers. Philadelphia will continue their West Coast trip with a stop at Petco Park where they are 1–5 the last 6 meetings. The Phillies will send their ace, Aaron Nola, to the mound on Monday night to stop the bleeding. Nolad limited St. Louis to one run on four hits over seven innings with eight strikeouts on Wednesday. Nola is 2–2 with a 2.65 ERA and 35 strikeouts in his career against the Padres.
San Diego hosted the Marlins over the weekend and lost two of three and they have lost five of their last seven games entering Monday’s game. The Padres will send Eric Laur to the mound searching for his 5th win on the season after winning his last two starts in impressive fashion while permitting two runs on eight hits over 12 1/3 innings combined with 11 strikeouts and zero walks. Over his past three outings, Lauer owns a 2–0 record and a 1.50 ERA, but he will need to find a way to go deeper into starts, as he’s completed six innings or more only three times this year.
With two very good pitchers on the mound on Monday night, runs may be at a premium. The Phillies will welcome to the arrival of newly acquired Jay Bruce from a recent trade with the Mariners. Philadelphia is letting their NL East lead slip away and after losing four straight games, tonight’s game has become a must win. The desperation of a very good baseball team is hard to measure but I expect them to get behind their ace and pull out a win in San Diego. Take the Phillies -135 to win the series opener on Monday night.