Giants vs. Padres - 4/26/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Diego Padres (7-13) at San Francisco Giants (10-11)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 10:15 pm (AT&T Park)
J Shields (0-3) (4.15) vs. J Cueto (3-1) (3.49)
The Line: San Francisco Giants -165 / San Diego Padres +155 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
The San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants play game two of their series Tuesday night.
The San Diego Padres could use a nice road win after losing four of their last five games. The Padres pitching staff has allowed 24 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The San Diego Padres are 2-8 this season when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Wil Myers leads San Diego with 25 hits, Matt Kemp has 13 RBI and Melvin Upton Jr. has two home runs. James Shields gets the nod, and he’s 0-3 with a 4.15 ERA and 19 strikeouts this season. Shields is 2-1 with a 2.88 ERA and 26 strikeouts in his career against the Giants.
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The San Francisco Giants look for another victory in order to get back to a .500 record. The Giants offense has scored 16 runs in their last three games, and San Fran has shown it’s at its best when the bats are swinging. The San Francisco Giants are 8-4 this season when producing more than three runs. Angel Pagan leads San Francisco with 26 hits, Hunter Pence has 14 RBI and Joe Panik has three home runs. Johnny Cueto takes the hill, and he’s 3-1 with a 3.49 ERA and 22 strikeouts this season. Cueto is 4-3 with a 3.91 ERA and 57 strikeouts in his career against the Padres.
The Padres are 3-10 in their last 13 vs. National League West and 0-5 in Shields' last 5 starts. The Giants are 36-17 in their last 53 during game 2 of a series and 3-9 in their last 12 games on grass. The Padres are 11-30 in the last 41 meetings in San Francisco.
The Giants offense is back on track, which makes them pretty scary. I also have little trust in Shields and consider Cueto a top-20 pitcher in the league. You have to like the Giants in this spot even if the price is a little steep.