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Giants vs. Padres - 5/23/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Diego Padres (19-26) at San Francisco Giants (27-19)

MLB Baseball: Monday, May 23, 2016 at 10:15 pm (AT&T Park)

D Pomeranz (4-4) (1.96) vs. J Cueto (6-1) (2.70)

The Line: San Francisco Giants -180 / San Diego Padres +170 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSSD/CSBA

The San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants begin a three-game series Monday night.

The San Diego Padres could use a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Padres have scored 15 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in eight of their last 11 games. The San Diego Padres offense continues its ups and downs, and they’ve lost five of their last six games when scoring three or less runs. Wil Myers leads San Diego with 48 hits, Matt Kemp has 30 RBI and Melvin Upton Jr. has six home runs. Drew Pomeranz gets the ball, and he’s 4-4 with a 1.96 ERA and 56 strikeouts this season. Pomeranz is 1-4 with a 5.51 ERA and 28 strikeouts in his career against the Giants.

Giants vs. Padres - 5/23/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The San Francisco Giants look to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 11 games. The Giants have allowed 11 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in 11 of their last 14 games. The San Francisco Giants have an ERA of 3.83 and have won nine straight games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Hunter Pence leads San Francisco with 46 hits, Brandon Belt has 22 RBI and Brandon Crawford has six home runs. Johnny Cueto takes the hill, and he’s 6-1 with a 2.70 ERA and 61 strikeouts this season. Cueto is 6-3 with a 3.04 ERA and 76 strikeouts in his career against the Padres.

The Padres are 5-2 in their last 7 during game 1 of a series and 1-4 in their last 5 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Giants are 5-2 in their last 7 Monday games and 5-0 in Cuetos last 5 starts. The Padres are 15-36 in the last 51 meetings in San Francisco and 5-16 in the last 21 meetings overall. 

The Giants are the hottest team in baseball right now and have one of their better pitchers in the league on the mound. Against a slumping Padres club, have to ride the hot hand. 

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San Francisco Giants -180

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