San Francisco Giants vs. San Diego Padres - 9/12/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Diego Padres (67-75) at San Francisco Giants (73-68)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 9:05 pm (AT&T Park)
I Kennedy (8-13) (3.99) vs. M Bumgarner (17-7) (3.05)
The Line: San Francisco Giants -200 / San Diego Padres +185 --- 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 Saturday as they continue their MLB series of National League West teams.
The San Francisco Giants have suffered some injuries at the worst time and while they aren’t eliminated from post-season contention they would be hard pressed to make it. The Giants had cut into the Dodgers lead in the NL West narrowing it down to one game but since then it has been one continuous skid. Buster Posey leads the Giants in hitting but even he has gotten dinged up at times while Matt Duffy and Brandon Belt have also hit but injuries to Joe Panik and Hunter Pence have been crippling especial after the Giants losses in free agency last year. Madison Bumgarner remains at the top of the Giants pitching rotation and he gets the start here and he has won six of his last seven starts and has a 3.05 ERA overall.
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The expectations were sky high for the San Diego Padres this season as they were one of the favorites to not just represent the National league in the World Series but many thought they had the pieces in place to win the whole thing. The Padres have been hit by injuries and a slow start and just never were able to really gel as a unit. Yonder Alonso has been the Padres top hitter but Wil Myers is healthy once again after missing most of the season and Yangervis Solarte and Matt Kemp have both had solid years at the plate. For the most part this season the Padres pitching staff has underperformed with a team ERA in the 4.00 range. For Saturday’s game Ian Kennedy gets the start and he is 8-13 with a 3.99 ERA, very much in line with what the Padres pitching staff has a whole have done.
San Francisco is 29-11 in game two of a series, 13-3 at home against a team with a losing record, and 6-1 in Bumgarner’s last six starts. San Diego is 10-4 in their last 14 Saturday games, 1-5 in the last six games against a left-handed starter, and 1-4 in Kennedy’s last five starts. San Francisco is 1-4 in Bumgarner’s last five starts against San Diego.
The Giants may have stumbled down the stretch but Bumgarner is still just too good to play against here.