San Diego Padres vs. San Francisco Giants MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/6/14
San Francisco Giants (47-39) at San Diego Padres (39-47)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 4:10 pm (PETCO Park)
Tim Lincecum (R) (7-5) (4.063) vs. Jesse Hahn (R) (4-1) (1.952)
The Line: San Diego Padres -122 / San Francisco Giants +112 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-BA, FSN-SD
The San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres play a rubber matchup on Sunday afternoon.
The Giants remain in a real funk, losing seven of their last nine games. This all starts with a lack of offense, as the Giants have been held to three or less runs in nine of their last 12 games. The Giants have lost 14 straight games when scoring less than four runs. Buster Posey has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games and Hunter Pence has a 10-game hitting streak. The Giants pitching staff has an ERA of 3.42, eighth best in the majors. Starting is Tim Lincecum, who is 7-5 with a 4.06 ERA and has 89 strikeouts in 99.2 innings. Lincecum is 15-6 with a 2.35 ERA in 28 career starts against the Padres.
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The Padres had their five-game winning streak snapped with Saturday’s loss and are nine games below .500. The Padres are playing decent baseball lately and it all starts with a pitching staff that has allowed three or less runs in 10 of their last 12 games. Overall, the Padres have an ERA of 3.20, fourth best in baseball. Offensively, Chase Headley has five hits in this series. Jesse Hahn takes the hill, and he’s 4-1 with a 1.95 ERA and has 36 strikeouts in 27.2 innings. This is Hahn’s second career start against the Giants.
The Giants are 8-2 in Lincecums last 10 starts during game 3 of a series and 17-7 in Lincecums last 24 starts. The Padres are 4-0 in Hahns last 4 starts and 5-0 in their last 5 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Giants are 4-1 in Lincecums last 5 road starts vs. Padres and 19-7 in Lincecums last 26 starts vs. Padres.
Why not take a shot with the Giants and the plus money with Lincecum on the mound? Lincecum has had great success against the Padres in his career and the Giants are overall the better team. I like them in this spot.