Phillies vs Padres Prediction MLB Picks Today 6/18

Phillies vs Padres Prediction MLB Picks Today 6/18

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MLB Preview and Prediction: San Diego Padres vs. Philadelphia Phillies

The San Diego Padres aim to rebound against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Despite the Phillies' strong home record, the Padres have a chance to cover the spread with Michael King capable of keeping the game close against Aaron Nola.

 

Game Overview:

  • Date: June 18, 2024
  • Time: 3:40 PM
  • Location: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • TV Coverage: Check local listings
  • Weather: 90°F, Clear

Team Breakdown:

San Diego Padres:

The Padres hold a record of 37-38, with a 19-17 record on the road. Michael King will start for San Diego, boasting a 5-4 record, a 3.58 ERA, and a 1.23 WHIP over 83.0 innings pitched.

Offensively, the Padres are led by Fernando Tatis Jr. and Jurickson Profar. Tatis Jr. has contributed 13 home runs, while Profar leads the team with a .321 batting average.

Key Players:

  • Home Runs: Fernando Tatis Jr. (13 HR)
  • Batting Average: Jurickson Profar (.321 AVG)
  • Runs Batted In: Jurickson Profar (46 RBI)

The Padres will look to bounce back against tough competition with their offensive firepower and solid pitching from Michael King.

Philadelphia Phillies:

The Phillies boast an impressive 47-24 record, including a dominant 27-10 record at home. Aaron Nola will start for Philadelphia, holding an 8-3 record, a 3.48 ERA, and a 1.08 WHIP over 88.0 innings pitched.

Philadelphia's offense is led by Bryce Harper and Alec Bohm. Harper leads the team with 15 home runs, while Bohm has a .302 batting average.

Key Players:

  • Home Runs: Bryce Harper (15 HR)
  • Batting Average: Alec Bohm (.302 AVG)
  • Runs Batted In: Alec Bohm (57 RBI)

The Phillies aim to continue their strong performance at home, relying on their offensive depth and Aaron Nola's pitching prowess.

Game Odds:

Team Moneyline Total Run Line
SD (37-38) +135 o8.5 (EVEN) +1.5 (-150)
PHI (47-24) -155 u8.5 (-120) -1.5 (+130)

Prediction:

The prediction for this game is that the San Diego Padres will cover the spread of +1.5 (-150). Here’s why:

Michael King, starting for the Padres, has been effective with a 3.58 ERA and has shown the capability to keep games close. Facing a potent Phillies lineup, King's performance could mitigate the offensive threats posed by players like Bryce Harper and Alec Bohm.

Offensively, the Padres have enough firepower led by Fernando Tatis Jr. to potentially challenge Aaron Nola and the Phillies' bullpen. Even if they fall short of a straight win, the Padres are expected to keep the game within the spread due to King's pitching.

Pick: San Diego Padres +1.5 (-150)

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