Slumps are nothing new for any ball club, but still, it was rather surprising to see the San Francisco Giants having such a hard time recently. But now they are playing like the champions they are, with six straight victories heading into Monday night's encounter with the San Diego Padres, which is slated to get underway at 10:10 PM ET at Petco Park in San Diego. The baseball betting action does not stop with the opening pitch, but then again, BetAnySports customers knew that already, because Live Betting Extra affords everyone a chance to keep the activity going just about ail night long.
From June 30 to July 6, the Giants lost seven consecutive games, and they were having a nightmare when it came to scoring runs. But in this six-game surge they have scored 43 runs. With a 49-43 mark, they are now three and a half games behind the National League West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers and only a game out of the second wild card spot, currently held by the Chicago Cubs.
The Padres (43-49) had lost six straight and nine of their last eleven games before reeling off four straight wins, although that doesn't do a whole lot for their standing in the NL West, as they are tied for third with Arizona and 9.5 games behind the Dodgers.
The Giants are going with Tim Hudson, who has a great career record but has experienced some difficulties picking up wins (5-7, 4.68 ERA), even with the defending world champions. The Padres will counter with one-time 20-game winner Ian Kennedy, who won't be approaching that number this season (4-9, 4.91 ERA).
In the baseball betting odds that have been established on this game by the people at BetAnySports, the Giants are the slight favorites:
San Francisco Giants (Hudson) -110
San Diego Padres (Kennedy) +100
Under 7 runs -115
Over 7 runs -105
Hudson's 219-131 career record gives him a .626 winning percentage, which is 59th best all-time. He also has more victories than any other active pitcher. But the 40-year-old has just a 14-20 mark since joining up with the Giants. He has not shown good form lately, allowing 14 earned runs in 23 innings over his last four outings. But he has been out wince June 26 due to a strained right shoulder, so there is a bit of "wait and see" regarding the 40-year-old, who is yielding more hits per nine innings than he has in all but one of his sixteen previous big league seasons, while striking out opposing batters at his lowest rate ever.
BetAnySports customers saw a strange outing from him on April 9 at Petco, as he gave up five hits in 6-1/3 scoreless innings but walked five, with only one strikeout. The Giants won that game 1-0 in twelve innings.
Kennedy has failed to go beyond six innings in any of his last five starts, allowing nine earned runs in 27 innings over that span. Actually, three of his last five outings have been pretty good, although at home he has a 6.18 ERA, and twelve of the 20 homers he has permitted have come over 39-1/3 innings. San Diego is not yet at the .500 mark at home; with the last two wins over the Colorado Rockies, they have brought their ledger at Petco Park up to 20-22. In situations where they have been a short dog at home (+125 and less) this high-priced, underachieving club is 0-8 on the season.