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San Francisco Giants vs. San Diego Padres - 4/8/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants
Date & Time Monday April 8, 2019, 9:45 PM (EDT)
Location
Oracle Park
San Francisco, CA
The Line
San Francisco Giants -125 / San Diego Padres +105
TV Channel
FS-San Diego
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The San Diego Padres and the San Francisco Giants meet in game one of a three game NL West division set in MLB action from Oracle Park on Monday night.

The San Diego Padres will look to bounce back after failing to complete the sweep of St. Louis, including a 4-1 loss to the Cards on Sunday. Eric Hosmer accounted for the lone RBI for San Diego in the losing effort, while Manny Machado, Hunter Renfroe, Manuel Margot and Matt Strahm each had a double in the loss. Ian Kinsler added a base hit as well in the losing effort for the Padres. Strahm took the loss, falling to 0-2 on the year after allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits over five innings of work. Eric Lauer will start game one and is 1-1 with a 3.27 ERA and 5 strikeouts this season. In his career, Lauer is 1-0 with a 2.86 ERA and 17 strikeouts against San Francisco.

The San Francisco Giants will look to rebound after being shut out in the rubber match of their three game set with Tampa Bay, dropping the finale by a final score of 3-0 on Sunday. Yangervis Solarte went 2 for 2 in a pinch-hitting role while Evan Longoria, Brandon Crawford and Erik Kratz each had a base knock as none of San Fran’s five base hits went for extra bases in the losing effort. Drew Pomeranz took the loss, falling to 0-1 after allowing two runs on six hits while striking out five over four innings of work. Madison Bumgarner will start game one and is 0-2 with a 1.38 ERA and 13 strikeouts this season. In his career, Bumgarner is 11-10 with a 3.29 ERA and 213 strikeouts against San Diego.

San Diego is 5-2 in Lauer’s last 7 starts and 6-0 in their last 6 games against a left-handed starter while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 division games. San Francisco is 0-4 in Bumgarner’s last 4 starts and 1-6 in their last 7 home games while the under is 35-17-3 in their last 55 games overall. San Francisco is 1-4 in Bumgarner’s last 5 starts against San Diego.

You could probably say that Bumgarner deserves better by going 0-2 with a 1.38 ERA. But in his start against the Dodgers, MadBum gave up five runs, none of them were earned though so it’s a bit deceiving. Either way, the Giants own one of the weaker offensive units in the majors, and it may not matter how well Bumgarner pitches if he can’t get any run support. Lauer isn’t a staff ace in my opinion, but he has good stuff and threw six shutout innings against the Giants on opening day. I just like the Padres better here, so I’ll take a shot with San Diego and the plus money on Monday.

Pick:
San Diego Padres +105

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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