Johnny Cueto (3-1, 3.49 ERA) and the San Francisco Giants (10-11) go up against James Shields (0-3, 4.15 ERA) and the San Diego Padres (7-13) in the second of a three-game division series at AT&T Park. The Giants won the last game 5-4, and San Francisco leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 10:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Apr. 26 and will air on CSBA and FSSD.
In his last start, Cueto pitched 7.0 innings, allowing three runs and striking out three in a 6-2 loss to the Diamondbacks. Joe Panik (.287, 14 Rs, 3 HRs, 11 RBIs, 1 SB) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 5 with one run. The Padres were unsuccessful against the Pirates 11-1 the last time Shields pitched. He went 6.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out five and walking two. Matt Kemp (.289, 10 Rs, 5 HRs, 13 RBIs) has been doing well offensively for the Padres, going 3 for 5 yesterday with two runs.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a San Francisco -180 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 7. They have been very patient at the plate, ranking fifth in the NL with an average of 3.7 walks per game. . The Giants are fourth in the NL in walks allowed at home with just 2.2 per game.
Against fellow NL West members, the Padres are 5-9 SU.
So far this season, the Giants are 1-0 against the Padres.
Predictions: SU Winner - SF
The Padres are struggling at 3-7 in their division, while the Giants sit at 6-9.
When leading after seven innings, San Francisco is 3-4, while San Diego is 5-7.
The Padres managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Giants who are heading in with a 6-5 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Padres are 5-1. The Giants have a 9-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 18th, San Diego sits in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 76 this season. San Francisco ranks in the top five at fourth with 104.
Ranking 17th, San Diego is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 59 this season. San Francisco ranks in the top five at third with 78.
The Giants are 7-7 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Padres are 7-1 when they hit at least one homer.