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San Diego Padres vs. San Francisco Giants - 3/29/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres
Date & Time Friday March 29, 2019, 10:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Petco Park
San Diego, California
The Line
The Line: San Francisco Giants +134 / San Diego Padres -149 -- Over/Under: 7.5
TV Channel
FSSD
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The San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres meet Friday in MLB action at Petco Park.

The San Francisco Giants got a good enough performance from Madison Bumgarner to win their season opener, but the offense put together zero runs on five hits, and one of those hits came from their starting pitcher. A lack of consistent offense has been an issue for the Giants for years now, and if opening day is an indication of things to come, it may be the same old, same old. The San Francisco Giants hope to avoid their first 0-2 start since 2012. Evan Longoria leads the Giants with two hits while Brandon Crawford and Buster Posey have combined for two hits. Derek Holland gets the ball, and he was 7-9 with a 3.57 ERA and 169 strikeouts last season. Holland is 1-2 with a 6.23 ERA and 29 strikeouts in his career against the Padres.

The San Diego Padres got six solid innings from Eric Lauer and the bullpen shut things down, while the offense did just enough to close out a rare opening day win. It was a promising overall performance from a Padres team that’s on the rise and will have increased expectations as these young players gain some experience. The San Diego Padres hope to start 2-0 for the first time since 2011. Fernando Tatis Jr. leads the Padres with two hits while Wil Meyers and Austin Hedges have combined for three hits and two RBI Joey Lucchesi gets the ball, and he was 8-9 with a 4.08 ERA and 145 strikeouts last season. Lucchesi is 1-0 with a 3.27 ERA and 17 strikeouts in his career against the Giants.

The Giants are 5-16 in their last 21 road games, 0-4 in their last 4 vs. National League West and 1-4 in Hollands last 5 starts. The Padres are 11-24 in their last 35 vs. National League West, 6-20 in their last 26 during game 2 of a series and 4-10 in their last 14 Friday games. The Giants are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in San Diego and 7-3 in the last 10 meetings. The over is 5-1 in Lucchesis last 6 home starts. The under is 5-1-1 in Hollands last 7 road starts.

Both of these pitchers are more than hittable, especially Lucchesi, who had an allowed batting average of .260 at home last season with an ERA of 3.99. In 97 career at bats against current Padres hitters, Holland is allowing a .299 batting average with three homers. The problem is the Giants can't put together offense, and while it was just one game, this is something we've seen consistently over the last three or four years. Scoring for the Giants is like pulling teeth and nine innings in, nothing has changed. I have to back the Padres.

Pick:
San Diego Padres -149

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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