San Diego Padres vs. San Francisco Giants - 9/23/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Francisco Giants (80-72) at San Diego Padres (64-88)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 23, 2016 at 10:40 pm (PETCO Park)
Albert Suarez (3-4) (4.16) vs. E Jackson (4-6) (6.00)
The Line: San Diego Padres +135 / San Francisco Giants -145 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants continue their series at Petco Park on Friday as the visitors look to keep pace in the NL wild card race.
The Giants are coming off a feisty series with their bitter rivals and now play their second game of this set with their other NL West, in-state rivals in the San Diego Padres in a series that the Giants know they need to get some wins. San Francisco is looking to extend their even year World Series trend and while they looked like they were on track to do so before the all-star break they have been woeful in the second half and need to right the ship in a hurry if they’re going to be a playoff threat. San Francisco will start Albert Suarez here who is 3-4 with a 4.16 ERA as he will face off against Edwin Jackson who is 4-6 with an ERA sitting right on 6.00 which isn’t anything to brag about across a long season.
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The Padres meanwhile sold the farm early and will look to retool in the offseason as they dealt away some key pieces and acquired some assets but this team looks like they have a ways to go before they will be back in the thick of things in the NL playoff picture. San Diego is 64-88 this season and while they are getting a very productive year out of Wil Myers who is enjoying a resurgence after a sluggish season last year, they need to surround him with some more bats as they are getting torched by teams on some nights but are losing some winnable games as well as they simply don’t have the bats to put teams away.
The Giants are 4-1 in their last five during game two of a series, 1-4 in their last five overall, and 0-5 in Suarez’ last five starts while the Padres are 1-5 in Jackson’s last six starts and 2-5 in their last seven during game two of a series. San Fran needs to keep winning to stay afloat in the playoff race and this series looks to be the spot to do it.