Edwin Jackson (1-1, 4.30 ERA) and Brandon Finnegan (5-8, 4.93 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the San Diego Padres (44-58) and the Cincinnati Reds (40-61) at Petco Park. Action begins at 10:40 p.m. ET on Friday, Jul. 29 and can be seen on FSSD.
Jackson pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs, striking out one and walking three in a 3-2 defeat to the Nationals. Yangervis Solarte (.290, 30 Rs, 10 HRs, 40 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 6 Wednesday with one run. Finnegan went 5.0 innings, surrendering six runs, striking out three and walking two in a 9-8 defeat to the Diamondbacks in his most recent start. Jay Bruce (.271, 59 Rs, 25 HRs, 79 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 4 Wednesday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The Padres are a short -115 favorite at home against the Reds with a total of 8.5 runs.
Pick - SD
In their last game, the Reds won by a margin of one run. The Padres are 12-19 in one-run games. The Reds have a 15-18 record in close games.
After a weak showing last week where they got in six hits, the Padres need to step it up. The Reds have a record of 14-8 when opponents get six hits or less.
When they are outhit, the Reds are 8-48. The Padres have an 8-40 record when opponents outhit them.
Cincinnati ranks in the bottom half of the league at 16th when it comes to home runs, hitting 116 this season. San Diego ranks in the top half with 123.
San Diego and Cincinnati both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. San Diego sits at 25th with 279 this season and Cincinnati ranks 26th with 274.
When the Padres hit at least one home run, they are 39-31. When the Reds hit at least one homer, they have a 32-35 record.