For two teams that came into the NLCS with incredibly hot offenses, Phillies vs Padres Game 1 was the last thing most fans expected. The Philadelphia Phillies only had three hits. However, two of those were solo home runs. The San Diego Padres could only muster up one hit and will need to get back on track in Game 2 so that they don’t travel to Philadelphia down two games to none.
This MLB betting preview for the NLCS MLB Playoffs Phillies vs Padres Game 2 includes game info, starting pitchers, betting odds, trends and a prediction for tonight’s postseason matchup.
Philadelphia Phillies vs San Diego Padres Prediction | NLCS MLB Playoffs Game 2
NLCS MLB Playoffs Game 2 (PHI leads 1-0)
Philadelphia Phillies (87-75, 40-41 Away) vs. San Diego Padres (89-73, 44-37 Home)
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2021
Time: 4:35 p.m. EST
Venue: Petco Park — San Diego, CA
Phillies vs Padres Starting Pitchers
Phillies: Aaron Nola (11-13, 3.25 ERA)
Padres: Blake Snell (8-10, 3.38 ERA)
Philadelphia Phillies Preview
Entering the playoffs, one of their biggest weaknesses was their pitching. In Game 1 of the NLCS however, it was their greatest strength. Zach Wheeler pitched the game of his life and the bullpen did well to finish the Padres off in the eighth and ninth innings. With Aaron Nola on the hill in Game 2, the Phillies are in good hands. Nola has a 2-0 record with an ERA of zero over 12 2/3 innings.
The offense wasn’t great in Game 1 but they still showed how dangerous they are. Philadelphia’s entire lineup is a power threat and they showed it. Although they could only muster three hits, two of them were home runs. Even on nights when the bats aren’t hot, the Phillies can still put up enough runs to hang with the best of them.
San Diego Padres Preview
While it’s not time for the Padres to completely panic, there is plenty of reason to worry. After losing Game 1, the last thing the Padres can do is drop Game 2 as well. Their bullpen was impeccable again even though they only pitched for two innings. With Blake Snell on the hill in Game 2, the bullpen will be called upon much earlier as Snell rarely goes into the sixth inning.
Credit is due to Zach Wheeler for silencing the Padres bat, but it also appeared that the Padres just had an off night. After already losing one game at home, the Padres can’t afford another off night. San Diego has been able to lean on Aaron Nola and Trent Grisham to this point in the playoffs. If those two can’t step up again, the Padres will certainly need others to take their place.
Phillies vs Padres Odds | MLB Playoffs Predictions
Moneyline: PHI: (+112) | SD: (-122)
Run Line: PHI: +1.5 (-210) | SD: -1.5 (+180)
Total: 6.5 — Over: (-125) | Under: (+105)
Public (Spread) Betting via Action Network: PHI: (71%) | SD: (29%)
Phillies vs Padres MLB Betting Trends
- San Diego is 7-4 straight up in their last 11 games.
- The under is 12-4 in San Diego’s last 16 games against Philadelphia.
- The over has hit in seven of San Diego’s last 11 games.
- Philadelphia is 6-1 straight up in their last seven games.
- Philadelphia is 8-2 straight up in their last 10 road games against San Diego.
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Phillies vs Padres Stats
- San Diego is averaging 4.35 runs per game (RPG) this season (No. 13 in the MLB).
- San Diego is surrendering 4.07 RPG this season (No. 10 in the MLB).
- Philadelphia is averaging 4.61 RPG this season (No. 7 in the MLB).
- Philadelphia is surrendering 4.23 RPG this season (No. 15 in the MLB).
Phillies vs Padres MLB Weather Report
Wind: 6 MPH (blowing out to center)
Phillies vs Padres Prediction | NLCS MLB Playoffs Game 2
The Phillies vs Padres prediction uses NumberFire’s probability model. They give San Diego a 53.0% chance to win Game 2 of this NLCS MLB Playoffs matchup.