Padres vs. Giants - 9/22/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Francisco Giants (80-72) at San Diego Padres (64-88)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 10:10 pm (PETCO Park)
J Samardzija (11-10) (3.97) vs. C Friedrich (5-10) (4.78)
The Line: San Diego Padres +140 / San Francisco Giants -150 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres begin a four-game series Thursday night.
The San Francisco Giants are desperate for a victory after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Giants have scored six runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five straight games. The San Francisco Giants offense has gone ice cold recently, and they’ve lost six of their last seven games when scoring three or less runs. Buster Posey leads San Francisco with 146 hits, Denard Span has 49 RBI and Brandon Belt has 16 home runs. Jeff Samardzija gets the nod, and he’s 11-10 with a 3.97 ERA and 147 strikeouts this season. Samardzija is 6-2 with a 3.56 ERA and 65 strikeouts in his career against the Padres.
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The San Diego Padres would love a win here after splitting their last 16 games. The Padres have allowed seven runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 18 games. The San Diego Padres have an ERA of 4.43 and have lost 10 of their last 11 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Wil Myers leads San Diego with 146 hits, Yangervis Solarte has 68 RBI and Derek Norris has 13 home runs. Christian Friedrich takes the hill, and he’s 5-10 with a 4.78 ERA and 91 strikeouts this season. Friedrich is 0-1 with a 1.10 ERA and 17 strikeouts in his career against the Giants.
The Giants are 9-2 in their last 11 Thursday games and 3-9 in Samardzijas last 12 starts. The Padres are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 1 of a series and 1-6 in Friedrichs last 7 starts. The Giants are 0-6 in the last 6 meetings.
The Giants need a victory in the worst way or they're going to fall out of the playoff race. Samardzija has been solid much of the season, allowing three or less runs in seven of his last eight starts. The Padres have gotten the better of the Giants recently, but this is a game San Fran should be able to win.