San Diego Padres at Pittsburgh Pirates
|Date & Time||Saturday June 22, 2019, 4:05 PM (EDT)|
Pittsburgh Pirates +105 / San Diego Padres -125
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.