In the first of a four-game series between the San Diego Padres (1-2) and the San Francisco Giants (1-2) at Petco Park, Ian Kennedy (13-13, 3.63 ERA) and Tim Hudson (9-13, 3.57 ERA) get the start. The game gets underway at 6:40 p.m. ET on Thursday, Apr. 9 and will air on CSN-BAY and FSN-SD.
Kennedy is 9-4 with a 2.52 ERA and 1.08 WHIP against the Giants in his career. Matt Kemp (.385 ) continued his hot start yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run. In his pitching opportunities against the Padres, Hudson is 7-4 with a 3.07 ERA, 79 strikeouts and 25 walks. Brandon Crawford (.385 ) has been doing well to start the season, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
San Diego, a -145 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against San Francisco. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is seven runs. The Padres are a dangerous hitting team with 11 extra base hits, one of the highest totals in the MLB. The Padres are a nightmare for opponents on the bases with three steals, one of the highest totals in baseball.
They sport the fourth-ranked offense in the NL, averaging 5.5 runs per game. The Giants are known for their bats, hitting 15 extra base hits.
Predictions: SU Winner - SD, O/U - Over
The Giants sit at 2-1 against the division, while the Padres are 1-2
The Giants are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Padres have a 1-2 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
Both falling in the top 10 of the league based on total home runs this season, San Diego ranks 10th with two homers and San Francisco is sixth with three.
Ranking seventh, San Diego is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 7.00 per game. San Francisco ranks in the top five at second with 11.50.
Ranking seventh, San Diego is in the top 10 of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.723). San Francisco ranks in the top five at fifth with an OPS of .881.
When the Giants allow at least one home run, they are 0-1. When the Padres allow one or more homers, they have a 1-2 record.