San Francisco Giants vs. San Diego Padres Free Preview

The San Francisco Giants will be taking on their in-state adversary San Diego Padres at PETCO Park. The opening pitch is scheduled for 10:10 p.m. ET and Fox Sports San Diego will showcase the action.

San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres Odds

San Diego (-110) is favored over San Francisco (+100) and Vegas has put the Over/Under for this one at eight runs. Odds for wagering on the game’s total stand at -115 for the under and -105 for the over. Runline odds stand at -210 for taking the Giants +1.5 runs and +175 for the Padres -1.5 runs.

The Giants are 6-6 SU and have gone 7-4 against the spread (ATS). They’ve accumulated 1.0 unit for bettors taking the moneyline in this young season and 3.0 units ATS. San Francisco has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in five of those seven. The Padres are 4-10 SU and 6-7 ATS. The team’s lost 2.5 units for moneyline bettors and 3.6 units ATS. San Diego has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in six of those seven.

San Diego games have an over/under record of 5-7-1 so far in 2018. San Francisco has an over/under record of 6-5.

The Giants have lost 1.0 units and are 2-1 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has cashed in one of those games, as opposed to two that’ve hit the under in such games. On the other hand, the Padres have netted 0.4 units and are 2-2 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in two of those games, as opposed to two which went under the total.

The southpaw Ty Blach (1-1, 4.11 ERA) will get the nod for the visiting Giants. Blach started 24 games last year while finishing the season 8-12 overall with a 4.78 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. He made three starts against the Padres in 2017 and compiled a 0-2 record against them with a 3.32 ERA and 10 strikeouts.

The Padres are turning to righty Tyson Ross (1-1, 5.25 ERA), who started 10 games last year while finishing the season 3-3 overall with a 7.71 ERA and a 1.84 WHIP.

As a unit, San Diego’s pitchers have yielded 4.5 runs per game overall this year. The club’s starters have an ERA of 4.41, a WHIP of 1.56 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.0. The bullpen has posted a solid ERA of just 2.16, a WHIP of 1.03 and a K/9 of 9.9. In eight divisional games, Padres starters have an ERA of 4.86 and the bullpen’s ERA is 2.12.

The San Diego hitters are putting up 3.3 runs per contest, including 3.9 per game against divisional foes and 3.4 per game over their last five. The team’s hit .207/.274/.360 over its last five contests and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

First baseman Eric Hosmer and shortstop Freddy Galvis have led the Padres’ offense this year. Hosmer is hitting .309/.387/.491 with 17 hits, three RBIs and seven runs scored, and Galvis has put up a line of .304/.418/.435 with 14 hits, five RBIs and three runs scored.

Compared to his total season slash line of .318/.385/.498, Hosmer did not seem to enjoy hitting against lefty pitching at home last season, slashing .224/.274/.357 over 106 such plate appearances.

In the other dugout, San Francisco’s pitchers have allowed 3.4 runs per game and its starters own a 3.27 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 6.00 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 2.74, along with a WHIP of 1.12 and a K-per-9 of 9.39.

The Giants offense has slashed .241/.303/.357 on its way to 3.3 runs scored per game this season, including 2.6 runs per game against divisional foes and 3.4 per game over the team’s last five contests (2-3 SU).

Backstop Buster Posey and second baseman Joe Panik have led San Francisco’s hitters. Posey is hitting .375/.435/.600 with 15 hits, eight RBIs and five runs scored, while Panik is hitting .295 with 13 hits, three homers, three RBIs and eight runs scored.

Posey seemed to take a step back when hitting righty pitching on the road last season. Across 210 such plate appearances, he maintained a slash line of .276/.357/.400 (compared to his overall season line of .320/.400/.462).

San Francisco Giants vs. San Diego Padres MLB Tip

Predictions: SU Winner – Padres, ATS Winner – Giants, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • The San Francisco defense has allowed four errors over the last 10 games, compared to nine errors for San Diego over its last 10.
  • The Giants have hit nine home runs in their last 10 games. The Padres have hit 10 over their last 10.