San Diego Padres vs. San Francisco Giants, 5-1-18 – Pick & Preview

San Diego Padres vs. San Francisco Giants, 5-1-18 – Pick & Preview

San Diego Padres (10-18) vs San Francisco Giants (13-14)

Date : 04/01/2018
Time : 10:15 PM
Location : AT&T Park

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

San Diego Padres vs San Francisco Giants

The San Francisco Giants return back to AT&T Park for game 2 of a 3 game series against NL West rivals in the San Diego Padres. These two teams met for a 4 game series from 4/12-4/15 where San Diego claimed 3 out of the 4 games. After this home series, the Giants and Padres won’t meet again until 6/21 where San Francisco will host another home series.

San Diego Padres's Latest Performance :

Big Game From Youngsters

The San Diego Padres have a solid core in young guys who could go on and have really successful careers in the MLB, and every once in a while we are gifted in seeing the youngsters coming together and giving us a show. The Padres were able to show us what they are made of in a 4/28 matchup against one of the best teams in the MLB as they beat up on the New York Mets, 12-2. The Padres have been led all season by rookies Christian Villanueva and Franchy Cordero as they have provided the offense for San Diego, and they didn’t disappoint in this game either. Villanueva and Cordero both hit a HR which gives Villanueva 8 on the season and Cordero 6, but this is expected out of these 2 guys and what is not expected is an offensive outpour from the 25-year old catcher, Austin Hedges. Hedges has not been great from the plate in 2018 as he entered this past series with a .147 batting average, but Hedges was able to enjoy a big game from the plate as he went 3 for 4 with 5 RBIs. The Padres were also able to receive enough pitching from their rookie starter in Joey Lucchesi as he was able to pick up his 3rd win of the season behind a 5.2 inning game where he gave up 2 earned runs on 4 hits. Lucchesi has been solid in his rookie year as he has a record of 3-1 and the best ERA out of all starters as he sits at a 2.78.

San Francisco Giants's Latest Performance :

Another Solid Outing For Cueto

The San Francisco Giants haven’t played up to their full potential in 2018 as they have a better roster than what their record tells us, but when the Giants have their top starter on the mound in Johnny Cueto we see the potential the team has. Johnny Cueto has been one of the most underrated pitchers ever since he entered the MLB in 2008, but after a sluggish year in 2017 where he posted an 8-8 record with a 4.52 ERA, we thought we may be seeing Cueto age and on his way out. Cueto has excelled in 2018 as the top guy in the rotation as he enters this series with a perfect record of 3-0 and a MLB best in ERA with a .84. Cueto helped propel the Giants to a win on 4/28 against the Dodgers as he went 6 innings giving up 2 earned runs on 3 hits. A problem for the Giants has been the guys surrounding Cueto in the starting rotation as they have not received good outings from them. The other guys in the rotation include Ty Blach, Derek Holland, Jeff Samardzija, Tyler Beede, and Chris Stratton who haven’t given many winning efforts forward as they guys combine for a record of 4-10 as well as a 5.68 ERA. Another problem that resides on the pitching end of things has been closing out games as the Giants have had 13 save opportunities only recording a save in 7 of those chances.

How San Diego Padres & San Francisco Giants Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

San Diego is 10-18, 5-7 on the road.

San Francisco is 13-14, 7-6 at home.

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

The probable starting pitchers for this matchup is as follows: Tyson Ross (2-2, 3.64 ERA) for the San Diego Padres vs. TBD for the San Francisco Giants.

Ross last started on 4/25 against the Rockies where he went 4 innings giving up 4 earned runs on 6 hits in a L.

No starting pitcher has been announced for the San Francisco Giants as injuries have derailed their normal rotation.

San Diego and San Francisco both rank in the bottom 10 in runs scored.

San Diego and San Francisco both rank in the top 15 in team ERA.

Against The Spread Selection: San Diego Padres

My reason for the pick :

Tyson Ross just most recently had the game of his life as he almost gave the Padres the first no-hitter in franchise history, and although he received a loss in his last outing he didn’t pitch awful as he struck out 7 guys in his 4 innings of work. The thing that concerns me is the fact that Johnny Cueto isn’t on the mound for the Giants and the other guys haven’t been amazing for San Fran. The Padres have shown us flashes of potential this season and their confidence will be at an all-time high after a fairly successful series against the Mets. Pick San Diego on the road.

Betting trends for San Diego Padres:

  • San Diego is 35-45 after a win since 2017.

  • The under is 9-2-1 on the road this season.

Betting trends for San Francisco Giants:

  • San Francisco is 4-7 against right-handed pitchers this season.

  • The over is 9-4 at home this season.


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