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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Diego Padres - 6/22/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Diego Padres at Pittsburgh Pirates
Date & Time Saturday June 22, 2019, 4:05 PM (EDT)
PNC Park
Pittsburgh, PA
The Line
Pittsburgh Pirates +105 / San Diego Padres -125
TV Channel
FS-San Diego
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The San Diego Padres and the Pittsburgh Pirates meet in game two of their three game set in MLB action from PNC Park on Saturday.

The San Diego Padres will look to bounce back after dropping the series opener on Friday by a final score of 2-1. Manny Machado’s solo home run was the lone RBI that the Padres would put on the board in the defeat. Wil Myers, Francisco Mejia and Eric Lauer each had a double with Mejia going 2 for 4 at the dish in the loss. Franmil Reyes and Greg Garcia each had a base hit as well in the defeat. Lauer took the loss on the mound, falling to 5-7 on the year after allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits while striking out four over seven innings of work. Chris Paddack will start game two and is 4-4 with a 3.15 ERA and 72 strikeouts this season. This will be Paddack’s first career start against Pittsburgh.

The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to build on their series opening victory over the Padres on Friday. Starling Marte had a double and an RBI while Jose Osuna added an RBI of his own as well in the win. Kevin Newman, Bryan Reynolds, Elias Diaz and Joe Musgrove each had base hits as well in the victory. Musgrove got the win to improve to 5-7 on the year after allowing one run on five hits while striking out eight over seven innings of work. Felipe Vazquez closed out the 9th for his 18th save of the year. Chris Archer will start game two and is 3-6 with a 5.85 ERA and 69 strikeouts this season. This will be Archer’s second career start against San Diego.

San Diego is 1-4 in Paddack’s last 5 starts and 2-6 in their last 8 road games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games. Pittsburgh is 0-5 in Archer’s last 5 starts against the NL West and 6-16 in their last 22 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 36-15-2 in their last 53 games overall. San Diego is 1-5 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

I won’t lie, I was a bit surprised to see San Diego favored here, given the Padres’ inconsistencies lately and the fact that Paddack is making his first start in a week and a half after being sent to the minors following a couple of frustrating starts. However, Archer has been brutal since the end of April, giving up at least four runs in seven of his last eight starts. I think this is a good spot for Paddack to get some run support and pick up a win so I’ll lay the juice with the Padres on the road here.

San Diego Padres -125

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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