Madison Bumgarner (17-7, 3.05 ERA), seeking his 200th strikeout of the season, gets the ball for the San Francisco Giants (73-68) as they meet Ian Kennedy (8-13, 3.99 ERA) and the San Diego Padres (67-75) in the second of a three-game series at AT&T Park. The Giants won the last game 9-1 and San Francisco leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 9:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sep. 12 and will air on CSBy and FSSD.
In his last start, Bumgarner pitched 6.0 innings, allowing four runs, striking out three and walking one in a 7-4 victory over the Rockies. Brandon Belt (.279, 68 Rs, 17 HRs, 63 RBIs, 9 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with two runs. The Padres were unsuccessful to the Rockies 6-4 the last time Kennedy pitched. He went 5.0 innings, giving up four runs (two unearned), striking out nine and walking one. Justin Upton (.255, 77 Rs, 25 HRs, 74 RBIs, 19 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Padres, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
San Francisco is a heavy -200 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is six runs. The Giants are 40-29 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -116. They have SU record of 3-7 and are unbeaten as the favorite (1-0) over their last 10 games. They typically aren't overmatched by pitchers, leading the NL with an average of only 6.7 strikeouts per home game. Transitioning to the pitching staff, the Giants are fourth in the NL in hits allowed with just 8.4 per game.
Switching gears, the Padres come into this game with a win percentage of .419 when playing as the underdog (31-43) and an overall money line of -1,049. Against divisional opponents, they are 29-29 SU and 12-18 as the underdog.
The Giants have gotten the best of the Padres in head-to-head matchups this season, going 8-6. The Giants will take on a right-hander (Kennedy) in this game and have a 54-50 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Padres will be the left-hander Bumgarner. They sport a 16-17 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - SF, O/U - Over
The Giants are 31-30 against their divisional rivals, while the Padres are 29-30 against their division.
The Giants are coming into this game after allowing zero walks during their last outing. The Padres have a 4-11 record when opponents give up that many walks.
When they are outhit, the Giants are 5-45. The Padres have a 9-53 record when opponents outhit them.
San Francisco ranks near the bottom of the league at 25th when it comes to home runs, hitting 116 this season. San Diego ranks in the bottom half at 18th with 132.
Ranking 13th, San Diego is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.35 per game. San Francisco ranks in the top five at second with 9.21.
Ranking 27th, San Diego is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.692). San Francisco ranks in the top 10 at 10th with an OPS of .733.
The Padres are 36-53 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Giants are 33-51 when they allow at least one homer.