In the third of a four-game series between the San Diego Padres (2-3) and the San Francisco Giants (2-3) at Petco Park, James Shields (0-0, 3.00 ERA) and Madison Bumgarner (1-0, 1.29 ERA) get the start. The Padres won the last game 1-0 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 8:40 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 11 and will air on CSN-BAY and FSN-SD.
In his most recent outing, Shields pitched 6.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out eight and walking two in a 6-3 loss to the Dodgers. Yonder Alonso (.471 ) went 1 for 2 yesterday with one stolen base. In his pitching opportunities against the Padres, Bumgarner is 6-4 with a 3.48 ERA, 100 strikeouts and 31 walks. Buster Posey (.353 ) has been hitting the ball well to start the season for the Giants, going 2 for 2 yesterday.
San Diego is a +109 underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at six runs. When playing as the underdog, the Padres have a 1-2 record and overall money line at -201. The Padres are a nightmare for opponents on the bases with five steals, one of the highest totals in baseball.
Against divisional rivals, they are 3-1 SU and have an unblemished 1-0 record when they were the favorite. One of the top hitting teams in the NL are the Giants, who average 10.8 hits per game. The Giants average 3.0 walks per road game, making them one of the most disciplined teams in the NL when they travel.
Predictions: SU Winner - SF, O/U - Over
The Padres are 2-3 against their divisional rivals, while the Giants are 3-2 against their division.
San Diego won its last game in a shutout, its first of the season. San Francisco has been shut out one time this season.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Padres are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Giants have a 1-1 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Padres are 0-2. The Giants have a 1-0 record when opponents outhit them.
San Diego ranks near the bottom of the league at 21st when it comes to home runs, hitting two this season. San Francisco ranks in the top half at 13th with three.
San Diego and San Francisco both rank in the top five of the league in hits. San Diego sits at fourth with 9.00 hits per game and San Francisco ranks second with 10.75.
Ranking 17th, San Diego is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.632). San Francisco ranks in the top 10 at seventh with an OPS of .722.
The Giants are 0-1 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Padres are 1-2 when they allow at least one homer.