San Francisco Giants vs Philadelphia Phillies Picks and Predictions May 29th 2024

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Philadelphia Phillies
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Phillies Hope Alec Bohm Can Boost Offense in Finale vs. Giants

The Philadelphia Phillies are eagerly anticipating the return of third baseman Alec Bohm as they attempt to break their losing streak and avoid a three-game sweep against the San Francisco Giants. This crucial series finale, taking place on Wednesday afternoon, could see a significant boost in the Phillies’ offensive performance with Bohm back in action.

Alec Bohm’s Return to the Lineup

Bohm, leading the Phillies with 47 RBIs, was noticeably absent in Tuesday’s lineup, contributing to their 1-0 defeat in a 10-inning game. Manager Rob Thomson clarified that Bohm’s day off was preplanned and not a consequence of his two errors in Monday’s 8-4 loss to the Giants.

“Trust me … I promise I’m telling you the truth that this was a planned thing,” Thomson said. “I decided a few days ago to give him this day off, but I didn’t tell him until after the game (Monday).”

Tactical Adjustments and Their Implications

Thomson’s decision to rest Bohm, despite his pivotal role, was part of a broader strategy to manage player workload over the long season. Bohm’s return is expected to strengthen the lineup against the Giants’ left-handed starter, Kyle Harrison.

Impact of Bohm’s Absence

In Bohm’s absence, the Phillies’ lineup featured five left-handed hitters, allowing Giants manager Bob Melvin to employ a bullpen strategy with left-handed pitchers. This move effectively neutralized the Phillies’ lineup, as lefties Erik Miller and Taylor Rogers combined for three innings of one-hit ball, setting the stage for a solid performance by the Giants’ relievers.

“With all of their (lefty hitters) in there, we wanted to get our (lefty pitchers) at the beginning when their lefties probably would have to hit,” Melvin explained. “That leaves you a little naked at the end, but you hopefully have a couple of runs by then.”

Kyle Harrison’s Dominance

Kyle Harrison, a promising young left-hander, has been formidable this season. He remains unbeaten in his last nine starts with a 3.67 ERA and has been particularly effective at home, boasting a 3.50 ERA in nine starts. His previous encounter with the Phillies saw him conceding a two-run homer to Bryce Harper, the only runs he allowed in that game.

Phillies’ Pitching Strategy: Cristopher Sanchez

For the Phillies, Cristopher Sanchez will take the mound. Sanchez, who has had a strong month with a 3-1 record and a 2.52 ERA in May, aims to help the Phillies end their three-game losing streak. Despite a loss in his last start against Colorado, Sanchez’s overall performance this month has been impressive.

Luis Matos: A Rising Star for the Giants

Luis Matos has been a key player for the Giants, especially in May. His walk-off sacrifice fly in the 10th inning on Tuesday highlighted his hot streak, where he has accumulated 19 RBIs in 15 games. Matos’ consistent performance has been a significant factor in the Giants’ recent success.

High Stakes for the Series Finale

As the Phillies prepare for the final game of the series, Alec Bohm’s return could be the catalyst needed to rejuvenate their offense and break their losing streak. With strategic moves from both managers and the performances of key players like Bohm and Harrison, this series finale is set to be a high-stakes, must-watch game.

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