In the first of a four-game series between the San Francisco Giants (14-14) and the Miami Marlins (14-14) at AT&T Park, Tim Hudson (1-2, 3.78 ERA) and Dan Haren (3-1, 2.70 ERA) take the mound. The game starts at 10:15 p.m. ET on Thursday, May. 7 and will air on FSN-FL and CSN-BAY.
Hudson has a 2.87 ERA and a 15-4 record in his career against the Marlins, but faces a solid Miami offense that's hitting .270 on the year. In his pitching opportunities against the Giants, Haren is 6-6 with a 2.94 ERA, 89 strikeouts and 28 walks. Dee Gordon (.430, 17 Rs, 11 RBIs, 12 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Marlins, going 3 for 5 yesterday with one run.
San Francisco is a -132 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is seven runs. When playing as the favorite, the Giants have a 6-7 record and overall money line at +50. Over the last 10 games, they have a very good record when playing as the favorite (4-1). Don't expect the San Francisco hitters to swing wildly. They average only 7.0 strikeouts per game.
Moving on to the away team, the Marlins come into this game with a win percentage of .417 when playing as the underdog (5-7) and an overall money line of -342.
This game will feature Haren (RHP) on the mound against the Giants, who have an 8-11 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Marlins will be the right-hander Hudson. They sport a 9-14 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - SF, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Miami is 6-8, while San Francisco is 1-5.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Giants are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Marlins have a 5-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Marlins are 1-7. The Giants have a 3-9 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total home runs this season, San Francisco ranks 21st with 19 homers and Miami is 28th with 16.
San Francisco and Miami both rank in the top five of the league in hits. San Francisco sits at fifth with 8.70 hits per game and Miami ranks third with 8.93.
Ranking 20th, San Francisco is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.687). Miami ranks in the top half at 15th with an OPS of .705.
The Marlins are 7-9 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Giants are 5-8 when they allow at least one homer.