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San Francisco Giants vs. San Diego Padres MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 6/23/14

San Diego Padres (32-44) at San Francisco Giants (45-30)

MLB Baseball: Monday, June 23, 2014 at 10:15 pm (AT&T Park)

Andrew Cashner (R) (2-6) (2.358) vs. Matt Cain (R) (1-5) (4.806)

The Line: San Francisco Giants -139 / San Diego Padres +129 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-Bay, FS-San Diego

The San Francisco Giants and the San Diego Padres face off on Monday at AT&T Park for game one of their series of NL West teams.

The San Francisco Giants continue to hold the lead in the National League west though it has shrank to just four games over the Dodgers. The Giants are 23-15 at home, 3-7 in their last 10 games, and they have won their last two games. As a team the Giants are hitting .253 with Angel Pagan hitting .307, Hunter Pence hitting .302, and Michael Morse hitting .286. The Giants pitching staff has an ERA of 3.42 with the starters at 3.79 and the bullpen at 2.68. For game one against the Padres the Giants start Matt Cain who has lost his last two starts. For the season Cain has allowed 56 hits and 32 earned runs while striking out 49 over 63.2 innings for a 1-5 record and a 4.52 ERA.

San Francisco Giants vs. San Diego Padres MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 6/23/14

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The San Diego Padres have struggled for the bulk of the season and are 13.5 games back in the NL West. The Padres are 13-23 on the road, 4-6 in their last 10 games, and hey have lost their last two games. As a team the Padres are hitting .215 with Seth Smith hitting .286, Everth Cabrera hitting .222, and Yonder Alonso hitting .210. The Padres pitching staff has an ERA of 3.47 with the starters at 3.98 and the bullpen at 2.55. For game one in San Francisco the Padres start Andrew Cashner who hasn’t won since April 16th. For the season Cashner has allowed 69 hits and 20 earned runs while striking out 59 over 76.1 innings for a 2-6 record and a 2.36 ERA.

San Francisco is 2-6 in their last eight games, 1-4 as a favorite, and 2-8 n Cain’s last 10 home starts. San Diego is 4-10 in their last 14 games, 3-8 as an underdog, and 1-4 in Cashner’s last five home starts. San Francisco is 4-9 in Cain’s last 13 starts against San Diego.

The total is set at 6.5 and while I would expect a low scoring game here, this looks to be too low and my free pick is the over. My stronger play is on the winning side and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.

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