San Diego Padres vs. San Francisco Giants - 4/14/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Francisco Giants (6-7) at San Diego Padres (5-10)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 8:40 pm (PETCO Park)
D Holland (0-2) (4.09) vs. C Richard (1-1) (5.29)
The Line: San Diego Padres -110 / San Francisco Giants +100 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSD, NSBA
The San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres meet Saturday in MLB action at Petco Park.
The San Francisco Giants need a victory here in order to get back to a .500 record. The Giants have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The San Francisco Giants are just 2-6 this season when scoring under four runs. Joe Panik leads the Giants with 15 hits and four RBI while Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford have combined for 27 hits and 10 RBI. Derek Holland gets the ball, and he is 0-2 with a 4.09 ERA and 12 strikeouts this season. This will be Holland’s second career game against the Padres.
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The San Diego Padres need another victory to climb out of this early 5-10 hole. The Padres have scored nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The San Diego Padres have won five of their last six games when scoring at least four runs. Jose Pirela leads the Padres with 19 hits and six RBI while Eric Hosmer and Freddy Galvis have combined for 32 hits and nine RBI. Clayton Richard gets the ball, and he is 1-1 with a 5.29 ERA and 13 strikeouts this season. Richard is 6-7 with a 4.11 ERA and 45 strikeouts in his career against the Giants.
The Giants are 20-41 in their last 61 road games, 6-14 in their last 20 Saturday games and 1-4 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series. The Padres are 4-11 in their last 15 vs. National League West, 0-6 in their last 6 during game 3 of a series and 1-4 in Richards last 5 Saturday starts. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The San Francisco Giants have to be the most frustrating team early this season, as right when you think they're turning the corner, they return to a team that can't get hits with guys in scoring position and give you flashbacks of last year. The good news is the Giants compete and are in games until the end for the most part. Holland has been OK in two starts, allowing five earned runs in 11 innings and is allowing a .143 batting average. Richard has been rocked in his last two starts, allowing nine earned runs and 13 hits in his last 10 innings. Richard is also allowing a .323 batting average with six homers in 155 at bats against current Giants hitters. It's not the most fun team to watch, but the Giants and the even money seems like the play here.