Madison Bumgarner (7-4, 3.09 ERA) and the San Francisco Giants (38-33) go up against Odrisamer Despaigne (3-5, 4.92 ERA) and the San Diego Padres (34-38) in the first of a three-game division series at AT&T Park. The game starts at 10:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 23 and will air on FSN-SD and CSN-BAY.
Bumgarner is 7-5 with a 3.56 ERA and 1.20 WHIP against the Padres in his career. In his career against the Giants, Despaigne is 2-0 with a 0.36 ERA. He meets a strong San Francisco offense that's batting .268. Justin Upton (.271, 42 Rs, 13 HRs, 43 RBIs, 14 SBs) went 1 for 4 Sunday.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an even matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable. Against teams in the NL West, the Giants have an SU record of 18-20. San Francisco has averaged 3.4 runs per game during divisional play, lower than its season average of 4.1.
Against fellow NL West members, the Padres are 18-18 SU. During the last 10 games, they averaged 3.0 runs per game, below their 4.2 season average. Playing against NL West foes really brings the best out of the San Diego pitchers. They allow 3.8 runs per game against teams within their division, which is lower than their season average of 4.6.
The Padres have mostly come out on top against the Giants in their previous seven games this season, earning a 4-3 record. This game will feature Despaigne (RHP) on the mound against the Giants, who have a 28-27 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Padres will be the left-hander Bumgarner. They sport an 8-7 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - SF
This season, the Padres hold an even 18-18 record against NL West teams. The Giants sit at 18-20 against these opponents.
When leading after 7 innings, San Diego is 20-16, while San Francisco is 11-9.
The Giants are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded five strikeouts. The Padres have a record of 8-3 when opponents' pitchers have that many strikeouts or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Giants are 3-20. The Padres have a 6-29 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 23rd in home runs, San Francisco has hit 56 this season. San Diego ranks 19th with 60 home runs.
Ranking 11th, San Diego is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.36 per game. San Francisco ranks in the top five at second with 9.23.
Ranking 25th, San Diego is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.672). San Francisco ranks in the top half at 11th with an OPS of .726.
When the Padres allow at least one home run, they are 19-27, well-matched with the Giants who are 19-21 when allowing at least one homer.